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Definition of "effigy" []

  • A crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group. (noun)
  • A likeness or image, especially of a person. (noun)
  • In effigy Symbolically, especially in the form of an effigy: The deposed dictator was burned in effigy by the crowd. (idiom)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effigy" in a sentence
  • "Burning someone in effigy is a symbolic violent act."
  • "November 14th, 2009 12: 59 pm ET burning someone in effigy is unamerican."
  • "His plans to burn people in effigy is appalling and promotes violence in our society."