physiognomy

[ fiz-ee-og-nuh-mee, -on-uh-mee ]SEE DEFINITION OF physiognomy
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The First Secretary observed this play of physiognomy steadily.

It had a physiognomy and character of its own—this fantastic foreigner!

There is that in his physiognomy that shows his ugly disposition, when aroused.

His physiognomy had an expression I had never seen before on any face.

There was no sign of mercy or moderation in his physiognomy.

English knuckles do not certainly improve French physiognomy.

But nothing lasts in this world, at least without changing its physiognomy.

He fell to examining his physiognomy in it with silent absorption.

And as he looks at her, all the glories of physiognomy in the court of Louis XV.

He also notices the skill in physiognomy evinced by the natives.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "art of judging characters from facial features," from Old French phizonomie and directly from Late Latin physiognomia, from Greek physiognomia "the judging of a person's nature by his features," from physio- (see physio-) + gnomon (genitive gnomonos) "judge, indicator" (see gnomon). Meaning "face, countenance, features" is from c.1400. Related: Physiognomical.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PHYSIOGNOMY

countenance

nounappearance, usually of the face
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