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


I ought to be right along with him facing down those Hatburns.

Duane was facing down the porch toward the court and corrals.

And tonight we lead the world in facing down a threat to decency and humanity.

Susan Brown's desk was at the front end of the room, facing down the double line.

"The dogs in search of us," said Ali, placing his hand to his ear, and facing down the shaft.

At the lower end of the common was the old ramshackle meeting-house, facing down the road.

The battalion in column of companies: Two paces from the guide, in prolongation of and facing down the line.

The first is Cliveden, standing high above the woods and facing down the river to Maidenhead.

Although he wheeled to run, facing down the arroyo again, he began to buck instead.

You say they were facing down Washington avenue or in that direction—facing to the right up Lackawanna avenue?


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.