- 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.
Origin of effigy
Related Words for effigypuppet, likeness, statue, picture, figure, image, portrait, representation, model, idol, icon
Examples from the Web for effigy
Contemporary Examples of effigy
Somebody built an effigy of President Peña Nieto that was 20 feet high.Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
When the civilian President Maduro burns in effigy, soldiers can still warm their hands around the flames.Venezuela’s Security Forces: A Killer Elite Beyond the Law
April 22, 2014
Meanwhile, in South Yorkshire, anti-Thatcher activists burned an effigy of the controversial leader.Overlooked Stories of the Week: Torture Report, Venezuela & More
April 20, 2013
If diplomatic relations keep deteriorating, an effigy of the queen may not be far behind.Iranian Riots at British Embassy Portend Troubling Isolationism
November 30, 2011
In May, an effigy of FitzPatrick was burned on the streets of Dublin.The Men Who Killed the Economy
November 19, 2010
Historical Examples of effigy
The Southern chivalry howled, and hanged or burned some one in effigy.American Notes
Possibly the informer could not have said why he was so zealous for the removal of the effigy.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
So I adopt an explanation that I take from the anthropologists: burial in effigy.The Book of the Damned
He was buried in his own cathedral where his effigy still remains.The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.].
Criminals who evade punishment by flight are to be hanged in effigy.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
- a portrait of a person, esp as a monument or architectural decoration
- 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)
Word Origin for effigy
1530s, "image of a person," from Middle French effigie (13c.), from Latin effigies "copy or imitation of something, likeness," from or related to effingere "mold, fashion, portray," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fingere "to form, shape" (see fiction). The Latin word was regarded as plural and the -s was lopped off by 18c. Specifically associated with burning, hanging, etc., at least since 1670s.
see in effigy.