effigy

[ef-i-jee]
noun, plural effigies.
1.
a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
2.
a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.
Idioms
3.
in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy: a leader hanged in effigy by the mob.

Origin:
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]
 
effigial
 
adj

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effigy
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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Idioms & Phrases

effigy

see in effigy.

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Example sentences
After his death, she solicited donations of mannequins on a radio show so an
  effigy could be fashioned.
Walk along the footpath and experience the mystery and power of this effigy.
The highlight will occur at dusk with the destruction of the effigy.
At the end of the week, a 40-foot wooden effigy is set aflame—the burning
  man.
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