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effigy (ˈɛfɪdʒɪ Pronunciation for effigy



(plural) -gies
  1. a portrait of a person, esp as a monument or architectural decoration
  2. 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)

Derived Forms

effigial (ɪˈfɪdʒɪəl Pronunciation for effigial  adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin effigiēs, from effingere to form, portray, from fingere to shape


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