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physiognomy

physiognomy

noun phys·i·og·no·my \ˌfi-zē-ˈä(g)-nə-mē\

: the appearance of a person's face : a person's facial features

plural phys·i·og·no·mies

Full Definition of PHYSIOGNOMY

1
:  the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance
2
:  the facial features held to show qualities of mind or character by their configuration or expression
3
:  external aspect; also :  inner character or quality revealed outwardly

Examples of PHYSIOGNOMY

  1. He and his son have the same distinctive physiognomy.

Origin of PHYSIOGNOMY

Middle English phisonomie, from Anglo-French phisenomie, from Late Latin physiognomonia, physiognomia, from Greek physiognōmonia, from physiognōmōn judging character by the features, from physis nature, physique, appearance + gnōmōn interpreter — more at gnomon
First Known Use: 14th century

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physiognomy

noun phys·i·og·no·my \ˌfiz-ē-ˈä(g)-nə-mē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phys·i·og·no·mies

Medical Definition of PHYSIOGNOMY

1
:  the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance
2
:  the facial features held to show qualities of mind or character by their configuration or expression

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