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effigy

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noun ef·fi·gy \ˈe-fə-jē\

Simple Definition of effigy

  • : an image of a person

Full Definition of effigy

plural ef·fi·gies

  1. :  an image or representation especially of a person; especially :  a crude figure representing a hated person

in effigy
  1. :  publicly in the form of an effigy <the football coach was burned in effigy>

Origin of effigy

Middle French effigie, from Latin effigies, from effingere to form, from ex- + fingere to shape — more at dough


First Known Use: 1539



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