Definition of effigy in English:

effigy

noun

  • 1A sculpture or model of a person.

    ‘coins bearing the effigy of Maria Theresa of Austria’
    • ‘Perched atop a rocky pedestal sits a demonic looking clay statue, an effigy of the devil; complete with real rams horns and a human-hair goatee beard.’
    • ‘Imbued with all of Carpeaux's desire to create a monumental effigy, this bust reveals much of his personal attachment to Napoleon.’
    • ‘The effigy on her tomb in the abbey shows her beauty and is remarkable for its attention to detail.’
    • ‘There are late medieval sculpted monuments in the cathedral, as well as the altar tomb effigy of Bishop Wellesley who died in 1539.’
    • ‘The grand effigies that typify civic sculpture invariably commemorate great statesmen, founding fathers or political icons.’
    • ‘My naive idea of a sculptor is someone who works with clay or other materials, or chisels away at a piece of stone to create figures, busts and statues, likenesses and effigies, that only they, with their huge talent, can create.’
    • ‘It is ironic that his tomb effigy should show him brandishing an unsheathed sword.’
    • ‘The exhibition includes more than 300 objects including tapestries. jewellery, stained glass, tomb effigies and sculptures, as well as paintings and illuminated books.’
    • ‘The counterpart of the English and Scottish passion for painted portraits was an almost equal obsession with sculpted effigies on tombs.’
    • ‘The tomb effigy, the memorial portrait, and the death mask approach a condition of perfect substitutability for the irrevocably absent object, the once-living body.’
    statue, statuette, carving, sculpture, graven image, model, dummy, figure, figurine, guy
    likeness, representation, image
    bust, head
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    1. 1.1 A roughly made model of a particular person, made in order to be damaged or destroyed as a protest or expression of anger.
      ‘the senator was burned in effigy’
      • ‘Gagging the mouth, blindfolding and burning effigies are some of the usual forms of protest.’
      • ‘Around him, protesters burned effigies of the once revered king, chanting for him to be hanged as they began to move towards the heavily guarded royal palace.’
      • ‘One young graphic designer from Ennis had come to the protest with a life-size effigy of the prime minister.’
      • ‘Tempers are flaring in both countries, with protesters burning effigies of each other's leaders.’
      • ‘The protesters separately burned the effigies of top local officials and senior legislators they blamed for obstructing their interests.’
      • ‘The police dutifully later detained student protesters for burning effigies of her and even went so far as to arrest a street cartoonist for drawing unflattering caricatures of the president.’
      • ‘The twin sons enthusiastically joined the protesters, carrying posters and burning effigies of the state leaders.’
      • ‘A university student was sentenced on Wednesday to five months in jail for burning an effigy of the President during a protest march last year.’
      • ‘The protestors burnt effigies representing the demons of inflation and privatisation.’
      • ‘The protesters also burned an effigy of the House of Representatives Speaker.’
      • ‘Some of the protesters burnt an effigy of the Health Minister.’
      • ‘We will burn effigies to voice our protest.’
      • ‘After the public procession, the effigy is buried, destroyed, or abandoned in the forest.’
      • ‘On New Year's, festivities include fireworks and the burning of effigies (representations of disliked people), made by stuffing old clothes.’
      • ‘I do, however, recall seeing on television protestors burning effigies and flags.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin effigies, from effingere to fashion (artistically) from ex- out + fingere to shape.

Pronunciation:

effigy

/ˈefijē/