English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

effigy (ˈɛfɪdʒɪ Pronunciation for effigy

Definitions

noun

(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

Example Sentences Including 'effigy'

An effigy of George Bush was torn to pieces in the Ukraine, which has troops serving in the Polish-led peacekeeping force in southern Iraq.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
An effigy of Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf, a bachelor, was also burnt at the group's rally in Calcutta.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Drink up your sherry and we'll go watch that effigy Britishers burn on bonfire night go up in smoke.
Mosco, Maisie Out of the Ashes
His tomb effigy is in the style of a medieval knight in full armour -- an affection of ancient nobility, an illusion of old money.
Rodney Bolt HISTORY PLAY: The Lives and After-life of Christopher Marlowe (2004)
I said I dreamed too of the day when every African would burn a Bible alongside an effigy of a Catholic priest.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
If you go into any mine in Bolivia, there's a big effigy of the devil close to the entrance.
New Scientist (2004)
We've burned an effigy of Andrew Demetriou in protest and have vowed to boycott all matches next year over this outrageous price hike.
The Australian (2004)

Comments

Log in to comment on this word.