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.
- Symbolically, especially in the form of an effigy:The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.
- to burn (or hang) an image of (a person) in public, as a way of protesting, as against that person's policies
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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