noun, plural ef·fi·gies.
Origin of effigy
British Dictionary definitions for in effigy
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for effigy
Word Origin and History for in 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.
Idioms and Phrases with in effigy (1 of 2)
Symbolically. For example, That umpire was completely unfair—let's burn him in effigy. Now used only figuratively, this term formerly signified a way of carrying out the sentence of a criminal who had escaped, such as burn in effigy or hang in effigy. A dummy was made of the criminal or a detested political figure and subjected to the prescribed punishment. [c. 1600]
Idioms and Phrases with in effigy (2 of 2)
see in effigy.