a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.
Idioms about effigy
in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy: a leader hanged in effigy by the mob.
- ef·fig·i·al [ih-fij-ee-uhl], /ɪˈfɪdʒ i əl/, adjective
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How to use effigy in a sentence
In South Carolina, he “appeared suspended, on a gallows seventy feet high” to the right of another stamp collector’s effigy.The revolutionary roots of satanic panic still invoked in American politics | Zara Anishanslin | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
It was a festive affair, with a balloon ascending to the sky and effigies of infamous abolitionists to burn along with the newspapers below their feet.
That is why, on those great careening carts Americans hauled through town on Pope’s Day, the pontiff himself, and his hellish master, were made in effigy looking ridiculous, but also monstrous, dressed in tar and feathers.Before July 4, American colonists celebrated Pope’s Day — an anti-Catholic rallying cry | Grant Stanton | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Picket signs decried IBM customers in Texas as “traitors,” while the University of Wisconsin YAF hung a cardboard effigy of a computer outside of the Madison office.
They lit candles at their windows and in front of the many effigies of Maradona that dot Napoli’s streets and its homes, often alongside saints.In Maradona, the world mourns a legend—but Naples mourns a part of itself | Annalisa Merelli | November 27, 2020 | Quartz
Somebody built an effigy of President Peña Nieto that was 20 feet high.
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 | Marcel Ventura | April 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, in South Yorkshire, anti-Thatcher activists burned an effigy of the controversial leader.Overlooked Stories of the Week: Torture Report, Venezuela & More | Nina Strochlic | April 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If diplomatic relations keep deteriorating, an effigy of the queen may not be far behind.Iranian Riots at British Embassy Portend Troubling Isolationism | Babak Dehghanpisheh | November 30, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
In May, an effigy of FitzPatrick was burned on the streets of Dublin.
This was that Alderman Henry Smith whose tomb and effigy are so conspicuous in the parish church.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
Even if they failed to obtain it the funeral rites were duly paid to an effigy of the deceased.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
Sedgrave, the mayor, who had sat quiet during the former service, produced a rosary and prayed openly before the bloody effigy.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
It has his effigy in armour, with an ermined mantle, his feet leaning against a lion couchant.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
The last flickering embers of the burning effigy died out and the scene was almost dark.Tom Fairfield's Schooldays | Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for effigy
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)
- effigial (ɪˈfɪdʒɪəl), adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with effigy
see in effigy.
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