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 for Effigy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a representation of a person (especially in the form of
           sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the
           emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone" [syn:
           effigy, image, simulacrum]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  35 Moby Thesaurus words for "effigy":
     companion, copy, dead ringer, double, duplicate, exact likeness,
     fellow, icon, idol, image, likeness, living image, living picture,
     match, mate, miniature, mirroring, model, photograph, picture,
     portrait, reflection, resemblance, rubbing, semblance, shadow,
     similitude, simulacrum, spit and image, spitting image, trace,
     tracing, twin, very image, very picture

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EFFIGY, crim. law. The figure or representation of a person.
       2. To make the effigy of a person with an intent to make him the object 
  of ridicule, is a libel. (q.v.) Hawk. b. 1, c. 7 3, s. 2 14 East, 227; 2 
  Chit. Cr. Law, 866. 
       3. In France an execution by effigy or in effigy is adopted in the case 
  of a criminal who has fled from justice. By the public exposure or 
  exhibition of a picture or representation of him on a scaffold, on which his 
  name and the decree condemning him are written, he is deemed to undergo the 
  punishment to which he has been sentenced. Since the adoption of the Code 
  Civil, the practice has been to affix the names, qualities or addition, and 
  the residence of the condemned person, together with an extract from the 
  sentence of condemnation, to a post set upright in the ground, instead of 
  exhibiting a portrait of him on the scaffold. Repertoire de Villargues; 
  Biret, Vo cab. 

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