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effigy  (ˈɛfɪdʒɪ



(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   adjective

Word Origin

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


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