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Topic: SCULPTURE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: effigies, from effingere 'to form'

effigy

noun
     
ef‧fi‧gy plural effigies
1AVS [countable] a statue of a famous person
effigy of
an effigy of Saint Francis
2PS [uncountable] a roughly made, usually ugly, model of someone you dislike:
a threat to burn the president in effigy
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