Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Whether I will be permitted again to look upon your dear faces, I also am ignorant.

How pale and eager their faces looked as they bent above him!

They were all facing him, and their faces were alive with interest; yet they made no hostile move.

He could even look through a crack and see the faces of the strangers.

But after all, I dare say there will be no need but to shew your faces in my company.

Meantime, as their faces are now turned from me, I may look elsewhere.

Her smile of recollection was reflected in the faces of her friends.

Their faces fell, and even Mark began a gentle expostulation.

Now as for these rotters, I'll plant a crop of fists on their faces.

They hold the whole castle, for I see their faces at the windows.


late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).

Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.