|—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]|
see in effigy.