lin·​e·​a·​ment | \ ˈli-nē-ə-mənt How to pronounce lineament (audio) \

Definition of lineament

1a : an outline, feature, or contour of a body or figure and especially of a face usually used in plural
b : a linear topographic feature (as of the earth) that reveals a characteristic (such as a fault or the subsurface structure)
2 : a distinguishing or characteristic feature usually used in plural

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lineamental \ ˌli-​nē-​ə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce lineamental (audio) \ adjective

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The lineaments of Mr Kim’s rule appear consistent: purges and repression at the highest level, economic liberalisation at the grassroots and the pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Economist, "North Korea’s despot has one goal: survival," 26 Apr. 2018 But to those who are much more invested in the world of tomorrow, the Satoshi story has the lineaments of a modern morality tale quite independent of stock realities. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Creator of Bitcoin Comes Clean, Only to Disappear Again," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lineament

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lineament

Middle English, from Latin lineamentum, from lineare to draw a line, from linea

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to make a temporary encampment

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