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[ef-i-jee] /ˈɛf ɪ dʒi/

noun, plural effigies.
a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.
a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule.
in effigy, in public view in the form of an effigy:
a leader hanged in effigy by the mob.
noun (pl) -gies
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)

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


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