Effigy Ef"fi*gy, n.; pl. {Effigies}. [L. effigies, fr. effingere to form, fashion; ex + fingere to form, shape, devise. See {Feign}.] The image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part; an imitative figure; -- commonly applied to sculptured likenesses, as those on monuments, or to those of the heads of princes on coins and medals, sometimes applied to portraits. [1913 Webster]

{To burn in effigy}, or {To hang in effigy}, to burn or to hang an image or picture of a person, as a token of public odium. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • effigy — [ef′i jē] n. pl. effigies [Fr effigie < L effigies, a copy, image < effingere < ex , out + fingere, to form: see FIGURE] a portrait, statue, or the like, esp. of a person; likeness; often, a crude representation of a despised person burn …   English World dictionary

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  • effigy — 1530s, image of a person, from M.Fr. effigie (13c.), from L. effigies copy or imitation of something, likeness, from or related to effingere mold, fashion, portray, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + fingere to form, shape (see FICTION (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • effigy — *image, statue, icon, portrait, photograph, mask …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • effigy — ► NOUN (pl. effigies) ▪ a sculpture or model of a person. ORIGIN Latin effigies, from effingere to fashion …   English terms dictionary

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  • effigy — ef|fi|gy [ˈefıdʒi] n plural effigies [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: effigies, from effingere to form ] 1.) a ↑statue of a famous person effigy of ▪ an effigy of Saint Francis 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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