effigy
effigy 1530s, "image of a person," from M.Fr. effigie (13c.), from L. effigies "copy or imitation of something, likeness," from or related to effingere "mold, fashion, portray," from ex- "out" (see EX- (Cf. ex-)) + fingere "to form, shape" (see FICTION (Cf. fiction)). The Latin word was regarded as plural and the -s was lopped off by 18c. Specifically associated with burning, hanging, etc., at least since 1670s.

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  • Effigy — Ef fi*gy, n.; pl. {Effigies}. [L. effigies, fr. effingere to form, fashion; ex + fingere to form, shape, devise. See {Feign}.] The image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part; an imitative figure; commonly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effigy — [ef′i jē] n. pl. effigies [Fr effigie < L effigies, a copy, image < effingere < ex , out + fingere, to form: see FIGURE] a portrait, statue, or the like, esp. of a person; likeness; often, a crude representation of a despised person burn …   English World dictionary

  • effigy — index counterpart (parallel), resemblance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • effigy — *image, statue, icon, portrait, photograph, mask …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • effigy — [n] dummy figure, icon, idol, image, likeness, model, picture, portrait, puppet, representation, statue; concept 436 Ant. being, entity …   New thesaurus

  • effigy — ► NOUN (pl. effigies) ▪ a sculpture or model of a person. ORIGIN Latin effigies, from effingere to fashion …   English terms dictionary

  • Effigy — For other uses, see Effigy (disambiguation). Effigies redirects here. For the punk group, see The Effigies. Elizabethan tomb effigies of Sir Richard Lee (died 1591) and his wife in St Mary s Church, Acton Burnell, Shropshire …   Wikipedia

  • effigy — effigial /i fij ee euhl/, adj. /ef i jee/, n., pl. effigies. 1. a representation or image, esp. sculptured, as on a monument. 2. a crude representation of someone disliked, used for purposes of ridicule. 3. in effigy, in public view in the form… …   Universalium

  • effigy — ef|fi|gy [ˈefıdʒi] n plural effigies [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: effigies, from effingere to form ] 1.) a ↑statue of a famous person effigy of ▪ an effigy of Saint Francis 2.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • effigy — See: HANG IN EFFIGY or BURN IN EFFIGY …   Dictionary of American idioms

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