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effigy (noun) the statue of a famous person, a saint, or a god; a dummy.

A temple is adorned with the effigies of gods, that is, we find in the temple, the statues of the gods. More commonly, effigy means the ugly model of a person who is hated for their actions or for their policies. Such effigies are usually models stuffed with hay like a scarecrow.

  • The demonstrators burnt the effigy of the finance secretary to protest against his oppressive taxation policy.
  • The effigy did not even remotely resemble the person it was supposed to represent, but that was enough for the protesters to burn it and show their anger for the person.
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