Effigy meaning

ĕfə-jē
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The definition of an effigy is a statue or likeness of a person.

An example of an effigy is the forty foot center piece structure of a man that is burned on Saturday night of the Burning Man festival.

An example of an effigy is a stuffed cloth figure of a dictator that is dragged through the streets by a mob.

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A likeness of a person.
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A portrait, statue, or the like, esp. of a person; likeness; often, a crude representation of a despised person.
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A likeness or image, especially of a person.
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A dummy or other crude representation of a person, group or object that is hated.
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A crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group.
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in effigy
  • Symbolically, especially in the form of an effigy:
    The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.
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burn (or hang) in effigy
  • to burn (or hang) an image of (a person) in public, as a way of protesting, as against that person's policies
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

burn (<i>or</i> hang) in effigy

Origin of effigy

  • French effigie from Latin effigiēs likeness from effingere to portray ex- ex- fingere to shape dheigh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French effigie, from Latin effigiēs (“likeness, effigy”), from effingō (“represent, portray”).

    From Wiktionary