pillory (PĬL-ə-rē)


Definition (Verb) To abuse, ridicule, or defame (a person or thing); to expose to public abuse or ridicule; to reproach. In Context "We live in a culture primed to pillory helicopter parents for hovering and smothering, working parents for outsourcing and neglecting, and parents of every stripe for failing to put down their phones." Heidi Stevens, "Parents Allow Less Freedom for Kids," Telegraph Herald, August 18, 2014.