American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group.
- n. A likeness or image, especially of a person.
- idiom. in effigy Symbolically, especially in the form of effigy: The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A representation or imitation of any object, in whole or in part; an image or a representation of a person, whether of the whole figure, the bust, or the head alone; a likeness in sculpture, painting, or drawing; a portrait: most frequently applied to the figures on sepulchral monuments, and popularly to figures made up of stuffed clothing, etc., to represent obnoxious persons.
- n. a dummy or other crude representation of a person, group or object that is hated.
- n. a likeness of a person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part; an imitative figure; -- commonly applied to sculptured likenesses, as those on monuments, or to those of the heads of princes on coins and medals, sometimes applied to portraits.
- n. a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)
- From French effigie, from Latin effigiēs ("likeness, effigy"), from effingō ("represent, portray"). (Wiktionary)
- French effigie, from Latin effigiēs, likeness, from effingere, to portray : ex-, ex- + fingere, to shape; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Burning someone in effigy is a symbolic violent act.”
“November 14th, 2009 12: 59 pm ET burning someone in effigy is unamerican.”
“His plans to burn people in effigy is appalling and promotes violence in our society.”
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“The piece decried the practice of hanging politicians in effigy and shouting them into silence.”
“Rather than parades, it would be better to celebrate this holiday like the British used to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day – by burning politicians in effigy, or a reasonable facsimile.”
“He should be burned in effigy during an internationally televised broadcast.”
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