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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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  • The Effigies of Yellen
    In an awkward attempt to placate detractors that feel like the stock market has rallied too far, too fast, Janet Yellen threw two of the most volatile sectors in the stock market under the bus. It was almost surreal. But it happened. However, will it work? Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'
  • Effigies burnt, 48 held in Pondy
    As many as 48 volunteers of the Periyar Chinthanayalar Iyyakkam and Periyar Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam were arrested when they burnt the effigies of Chief Minister N Rangasamy and Education Minister T Thyagarajan here today. Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'
  • Cong Leader Arrested for Burning Modi, Shivraj's Effigies
    A Congress leader was arrested here today for allegedly burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Read more on this news related to 'Effigies'

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