12 November 2008


The pillory was a device used in punishment by public humiliation and often additional, sometimes lethal, physical abuse.
The word is documented in English since 1274 (attested in Anglo-Latin from c.1189), and stems from Old French pellori (1168; modern French pilori, see below), itself from Medieval Latin pilloria, of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of Latin pila "pillar, stone barrier."

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