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To burn in effigy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To burn in effigy to burn or to hang an image or picture of a person, as a token of public odium.
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Usage

In literature:

The citizens of London assembled by tens of thousands to burn the Pope in effigy.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Huntly managed to stop a burning in effigy of a priest at the Mass.
"John Knox and the Reformation" by Andrew Lang
The Tory gentry employed roughs to burn Paine in effigy throughout the country, and to harry the Nonconformists.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The Tory gentry employed roughs to burn Paine in effigy throughout the country, and to harry the Nonconformists.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Volume III. 1791-1804" by Thomas Paine
It would give me no pain to see them burned or hanged in effigy in every town and village.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
When he returned to England the Scottish clergy burned him in effigy, and he was not well received even in England.
"Stories of Great Men" by Faye Huntington
In order to terminate the latter's career he burns or buries the effigy, uttering magic words as he does so.
"Vocational Psychology: Its Problems and Methods" by Harry L. Hollingworth
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In news:

Randall Terry, the anti-abortion rights activist and Operation Rescue founder, believes it's time to "start drawing from our proud American tradition of burning people in effigy ".
The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during an English town's nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.
Lance Armstrong to be burned in effigy by English town.
Is it OK to burn a figure of an opposing team's player in effigy at a pep rally.
Guy Fawkes Day 2010 gives Brits occasion to burn in effigy the revolutionary who attempted to violently restore Catholicism in 1605.
Guy Fawkes Day 2010 gives Brits occasion to burn in effigy the revolutionary who attempted to violently restore Catholicism in 1605.
Hundreds of enraged Pakistanis took to the streets across the country Sunday, burning an effigy of President Obama and setting fire to American flags after 24 soldiers died in NATO air strikes.
English town to burn Lance Armstrong in effigy.
The most controversial Hindi film of the year is also the worst, featuring the Bollywood debut of porn star Sunny Leone and spurring Indian mobs to burn an effigy of director Pooja Bhatt in protest.
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