physiognomy

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

Definition of physiognomy

plural

physiognomies

  1. 1 :  the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance

  2. 2 :  the facial features held to show qualities of mind or character by their configuration or expression

  3. 3 :  external aspect; also :  inner character or quality revealed outwardly

Examples of physiognomy in a Sentence

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

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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


PHYSIOGNOMY Defined for English Language Learners

physiognomy

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Definition of physiognomy for English Language Learners

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


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physiognomy

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

Medical Definition of physiognomy

plural

physiognomies

  1. 1:  the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance

  2. 2:  the facial features held to show qualities of mind or character by their configuration or expression


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