[ ef-i-jee ]
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noun,plural ef·fi·gies.
  1. a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.

  2. a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.

Idioms about effigy

  1. in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy: a leader hanged in effigy by the mob.

Origin of effigy

1530–40; (<Middle French ) <Latin effigia, equivalent to effig- (ef-ef- + fig- shape, form; see figure) + -ia-y3

Other words from effigy

  • ef·fig·i·al [ih-fij-ee-uhl], /ɪˈfɪdʒ i əl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for effigy


/ (ˈɛfɪdʒɪ) /

nounplural -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)

Origin of effigy

C18: from Latin effigiēs, from effingere to form, portray, from fingere to shape

Derived forms of effigy

  • effigial (ɪˈfɪdʒɪəl), adjective

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see in effigy.

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