What does effigy mean?

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ˈɛf ɪ dʒief·fi·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effigy, image, simulacrumnoun

    a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture)

    "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"


  1. effigynoun

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

    Etymology: From effigie, from effigies, from effingo.

  2. effigynoun

    a likeness of a person.

    Etymology: From effigie, from effigies, from effingo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effigynoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. effigies, fr. effingere to form, fashion; ex + fingere to form, shape, devise. See Feign.]


  1. Effigy

    An effigy is a representation of a specific person, especially in the form of sculpture or some other three-dimensional medium. Effigies are common elements of funerary art, especially as a recumbent effigy in stone or metal placed on a tomb. Figures damaged, destroyed or paraded in order to harm the person represented by magical means, or merely to insult them or their memory are also called effigies. The best known British example is the burning of an effigy made of straw and/or old clothing depicting the 17th century Catholic conspirator, Guy Fawkes. In the past, criminals sentenced to death in absentia might be officially executed "in effigy" as a symbolic act. In southern India, effigies of the demon-king Ravana from the epic poem the Ramayana are traditionally burnt during the festival of Navrati. In many parts of the world there are traditions of large caricature effigies of political or other figures carried on floats in parades at festivals. Political effigies serve a broadly similar purpose on political demonstrations or annual community rituals such as that held in Lewes, on the south coast of England. In Lewes, models of important or unpopular figures in current affairs are burned on Bonfire Night, formerly alongside an effigy of the Pope.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effigy

    ef′fi-ji, n. a likeness or figure of a person: the head or impression on a coin: resemblance—(arch.) Effig′ies.—Burn in effigy, to burn a figure of a person, expressing dislike or contempt. [Fr.,—L. effigieseffingĕreex, inten., fingĕre, to form.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effigy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effigy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of effigy in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Cuomo:

    New Yorkers don't like to be inconvenienced, if the forecast doesn't turn out as much snow, then they are hanging me in effigy today.

  2. Cleric Moqtada al Sadr:

    Then he showed me his ring, which had an effigy of his father.

  3. Cometan:

    Jesse has to die in order for him to be immortalised as the young effigy that he is.

  4. Andrew Cuomo:

    You make the best call you can, given the forecast that you have, new Yorkers don't like to be inconvenienced ... If the forecast doesn't turn out as much snow, then they are hanging me in effigy today.

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    express strong disapproval of
    • A. acclaim
    • B. moan
    • C. refine
    • D. condemn

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