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Definition a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
  • During the Spanish Inquisition, if the condemned died before their trial was finished, they were burned in effigy.
burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
  • Her tomb has a marble effigy.
  • effigy = image or representation (of her)
  • He was burned in effigy by the mob.
  • burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
  • Some say that it is not since Lincoln that an American has so frequently seen their figure burned in effigy.
  • burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
  • At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • effigy = a model or image
  • , issuing from a red and white rose, with the effigy of the new King's mother, Jane Seymour, represented by his side.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • A procession—a scandal—an effigy of me, and him!
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • If he feels like it, he can put up a thousand "No Smoking" signs, hang the Marlboro man in effigy, whatever.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • You were hanged in effigy from the center red-light wire downtown on Main Street this morning.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The answer lay in the very question, and I stared at the mask as though I had unearthed an effigy of my own endangered soul.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Mobs in thestreets declared Jay a traitor and burned him in effigy.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • So long as the probe gets to Hermes, they can burn me in effigy for all I care.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • She was skewered in the press and hanged in effigy by frightened mobs that marched upon the Manse demanding explanations.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The lady, indeed, bore a very fair likeness to a reverend effigy in some idolatrous shrine.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Like maybe a huge burning effigy of El Líder.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • She's really here, in the flesh, lying motionless beside him in the suddenly too-quiet bed, arms at her sides like an effigy; but she is not Grace Marks.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Rather than have the bargain fall through, now, I'd throw in half a dozen of them effigy bow-and-arrow men, such as we've in plenty in the chist."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • An animatronic effigy waves its hands and rolls its eyes as it tells some of the folksy anecdotes Johnson would use to underline political points.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • It was a cemetery of dead forms, of funereal effigy and stone angels.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • A hideous straw-Stuffed effigy of myself, Tom Finley, was hung and set fire to in the main quadrangle of the college.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire

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