Definition of effigy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈefɪdʒi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈefɪdʒi//
    (pl. effigies)
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  1. 1a statue of a famous person, a saint or a god stone effigies in the church
  2. 2a model of a person that makes them look ugly The demonstrators burned a crude effigy of the president. The president was burnt in effigy.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin effigies, from effingere ‘to fashion (artistically)’, from ex- ‘out’ + fingere ‘to shape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: effigy