Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Effigies'
- Effigies \Ef*fig"i*es\, n. [L.]
See Effigy. --Dryden.
- 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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Effigies'
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.[See more about Effigies at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]