1 verb
pil‧lo‧ry1 past tense and past participle pilloried, present participle pillorying, third person singular pillories [transitive usually passive]
if someone is pilloried, they are publicly criticized by a lot of people, especially in newspapers etc:
The education secretary was pilloried by the press for his latest proposals.
WORD FOCUS: criticize WORD FOCUS: criticize
to criticize someone or something very strongly: attack, lay into, tear somebody/something to shreds, pillory, pan

to criticize someone unfairly: put somebody down, slag somebody off BrE informal, talk about somebody behind their back, bitch about informal

to criticize small details: pick holes

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