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 offBrE informal, talk about somebody behind their back, bitch aboutinformal to criticize small details:pick holes ➔ See alsocriticize
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.