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Effigies Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Effigies \Ef*fig"i*es\, n. [L.] See Effigy. --Dryden.
Effigies Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 applied to sculptured likenesses, as those on monuments, or to those of the heads of princes on coins and medals, sometimes applied to portraits. To burn, or To hang, in effigy, to burn or to hang an image or picture of a person, as a token of public odium.
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An effigy is a representation of a person, especially in the form of sculpture or some other three-dimensional form.

The term is usually associated with full-length figures of a deceased person depicted in stone or wood on church monuments. These most often lie supine with hands together in prayer, but may also be recumbent, kneeling in prayer or even standing. Effigies may also be (half) demi-figures and the term is occasionally used to refer to busts.

A different type of effigy is used in some religious rituals to represent an undesired person or spirit. The effigy is burned as a sign of the participants' shared intent to banish the represented element from their lives. 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.

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  • Northern Plains stone effigies present mysteries
    PIERRE (AP) — They are mystery stories, written large as life in mineral ink on the pages of the Northern Plains. Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'
  • Now, Trinamool leader calls for burning 'real' human effigies
    Kolkata, Aug 21 (IANS) Even as the controversy surrounding Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul's rape and kill remarks is yet to subside, a party legislator has now talked about burning "real human effigies". Addressing a meet organised by the Trinamool affiliated Progressive Doctors' Association, its president and MLA Nirmal Majhi, Wednesday wonder Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'
  • Living Effigies of CPI-M Backed Doctors: TMC MLA Faces Heat
    Trinamool Congress MLA Dr Nirmal Majhi has courted controversy by wondering whether people should burn "living effigies" of doctors affiliated to CPI(M)'s medical wing. Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'

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