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PILLORY, punishment. wooden machine in which the neck of the culprit is inserted.
     2. This punishment has been superseded by the adoption of the penitentiary system in most of the states. Vide 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 797. The punishment of standing in the pillory, so far as the same was provided by the laws of the United States, was abolished by the act of congress of February 27, 1839, s. 5. See Baxr. on the Stat. 48, note.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In addition, as Mikhail Bakhtin writes, "carnival images closely resemble certain artistic forms, namely the spectacle," though "Carnival is not a spectacle seen by the people; they live in it ...." (25) The pillory was always participatory, with the crowd throwing projectiles at the pinioned, passive offender; however, by transforming the spectacle of punishment into the spectacle of carnival, the mob is now invited up on stage, welcome to join the colorful parade of pilloried offenders.
"What we're seeing is blackmail on an enormous scale, they know how to get a company and its products pilloried in the media."
"I think the fact that we haven't seen people pilloried in the press shows it's working," says Livingston.
I FIND it sad that Jeremy Corbyn is being pilloried for being honest.
I got pilloried for suggesting Whyte hadn't done enough to earn the trust of the fans this time last year.
FINALLY this pathetic government comes up with a good idea but is pilloried for it by those Luddites who should know better.
Now he is being pilloried. I wish he had pointed out that resistance to tyranny is not ter-rorisand is surely justified when all democratic processes are closed to you.
The FA's latest new kids on the block Stuart Atwell and Michael Oliver, right, have been pilloried rather than praised in a salutary lesson that the football authorities would do well to heed.
Men are pilloried for taking to their beds at the slightest sniffle, which is likely to develop into that lifethreatening ailment sometimes known as "man flu".
He has also been pilloried in the national press for a poor display.
I'M getting so fed up with seeing Liverpool pilloried for its part in the slave trade.
FURIOUS Judge James Pyke pilloried the prison service for failing to produce prisoners, so holding up court.