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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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 an effigy: The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dummy or other crude representation of a person, group or object that is hated.
  • n. a likeness of a person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

Etymologies

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)
From French effigie, from Latin effigiēs ("likeness, effigy"), from effingō ("represent, portray"). (Wiktionary)

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