To burn in effigy

To burn in effigy
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. [1913 Webster]

{To burn in effigy}, or {To hang in effigy}, to burn or to hang an image or picture of a person, as a token of public odium. [1913 Webster]


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  • burn\ in\ effigy — • hang in effigy • burn in effigy v. phr. To hang or burn a figure, usually a stuffed dummy, representing a person who is disliked or scorned. When the high school team lost the championship game, the coach was hung in effigy by the townspeople.… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • burn in effigy — burn in the form of an effigy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • burn in effigy — See: HANG IN EFFIGY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • burn in effigy — See: HANG IN EFFIGY …   Dictionary of American idioms

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

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

  • effigy — See: hang in effigy or burn in effigy …   Словарь американских идиом

  • effigy — noun (C) 1 a figure made of wood, paper, stone etc, that looks like a person, especially one that makes the person look ugly or funny (+ of): an effigy of the prime minister 2 burn/hang sb in effigy to burn or hang a figure of someone at a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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