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 in a Sentence
He and his son have the same distinctive physiognomy.
Recent Examples of physiognomy from the Web
Noah's daughters-in-law, unnamed in the Bible, are each assigned a different race to explain the varying physiognomy of the world's inhabitants.
Bush now commands a style, generic but efficient, of thick, summary brushwork that aims to capture expression as well as physiognomy.
The notebook contains thoughts on perspective that Da Vinci jotted down next to architectural studies and caricatures for physiognomy studies.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
PHYSIOGNOMY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of physiognomy for English Language Learners
: the appearance of a person's face : a person's facial features
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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