physiognomic

adjective

phys·​i·​og·​nom·​ic ˌfi-zē-ə(g)-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce physiognomic (audio)
variants or less commonly physiognomical
: of, relating to, or characteristic of physiognomy or the physiognomy
physiognomically adverb

Examples of physiognomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Duchenne used these methods to bridge the new psychological science and the much older study of physiognomic signs, or passions. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021 If facial expressions were fleeting, skulls seemed to offer a more solid material for physiognomic inferences. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physiognomic was in 1577

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“Physiognomic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physiognomic. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

physiognomic

adjective
phys·​i·​og·​nom·​ic ˌfiz-ē-ə(g)-ˈnäm-ik How to pronounce physiognomic (audio)
variants also physiognomical
: of, relating to, or characteristic of physiognomy or the physiognomy
physiognomically adverb
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