noun, plural effigies.
a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.
in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy: a leader hanged in effigy by the mob.

1530–40; (< Middle French) < Latin effigia, equivalent to effig- (ef- ef- + fig- shape, form; see figure) + -ia -y3

effigial [ih-fij-ee-uhl] , adjective
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effigy (ˈɛfɪdʒɪ)
n , pl -gies
1.  a portrait of a person, esp as a monument or architectural decoration
2.  a crude representation of someone, used as a focus for contempt or ridicule and often hung up or burnt in public (often in the phrases burn or hang in effigy)
[C18: from Latin effigiēs, from effingere to form, portray, from fingere to shape]

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Word Origin & History

1539, from L. effigies "copy or imitation of something, likeness," related to effingere "mold, fashion, portray," from ex- "out" + fingere "to form, shape" (see fiction). The Latin word was regarded as plural and the -s was lopped off by 18c.
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Example sentences
All around, set into niches in limestone cliffs, are tau-tau: effigies of the
Somewhere down the line, shopkeepers began adorning the stands with old clothes
  to create effigies.
Sitting on the edge of a pavement, effigies of a couple of lynched bankers
  swing gently in the breeze.
The unexpected defeat sparked protests and burned effigies of team members.
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