Definition of effigy in English:

effigy

Syllabification: ef·fi·gy
Pronunciation: /ˈefijē
 
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noun (plural effigies)

  • 1A sculpture or model of a person: coins bearing the effigy of Maria Theresa of Austria
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    • The exhibition includes more than 300 objects including tapestries. jewellery, stained glass, tomb effigies and sculptures, as well as paintings and illuminated books.
    • The counterpart of the English and Scottish passion for painted portraits was an almost equal obsession with sculpted effigies on tombs.
    • My naive idea of a sculptor is someone who works with clay or other materials, or chisels away at a piece of stone to create figures, busts and statues, likenesses and effigies, that only they, with their huge talent, can create.
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  • 1.1A roughly made model of a particular person, made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest or expression of anger: the senator was burned in effigy
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    • The protesters also burned an effigy of the House of Representatives Speaker.
    • The protestors burnt effigies representing the demons of inflation and privatisation.
    • One young graphic designer from Ennis had come to the protest with a life-size effigy of the prime minister.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin effigies, from effingere 'to fashion (artistically)', from ex- 'out' + fingere 'to shape'.

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