noun, plural ef·fi·gies.
- efficient cause,
Origin of effigy
Examples from the Web for effigy
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
In May, an effigy of FitzPatrick was burned on the streets of Dublin.
The tomb and effigy of the Prior of Wombridge, 1526, and some Elizabethan monuments are in the chancel.The Motor Routes of England|Gordon Home
Miss Leece, in effigy, had been kidnapped in an instant, before David and his friends had had time to realize what had happened.Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School|Jessie Graham Flower
So Mrs. Dumphy and her effigy were installed in Gracie's place, and Olly was made happy.Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
"Think something you did not think; perhaps something worse," the effigy finished, calamitously.The Way of the Gods|John Luther Long
At that time twenty-one were burnt, followed by one effigy, and eighteen penitents, who were released.Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal|Sarah J Richardson
noun plural -gies
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.