pillory | pilloried

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severely criticize

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pillory - criticise

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A ‘pillory’ was a wooden frame that was historically used to lock an offender in so that they could be exposed to public scorn and ridicule as punishment for a crime. The term has since been adapted so that in modern times it describes somebody being subjected to harsh public criticism for something they have said or done.

Antonyms lionize

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  1. Even though the mistake I made was an honest one, I just know that the media are going to absolutely pillory me for it!

  2. The journalist was justifiably pilloried on social media for her comments. They were not only ill-informed, but they were also inciteful.

  3. Despite being pilloried at the time for her cost-cutting measures, the CEO was subsequently proven right when she returned the company to profitability.

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