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Definition of visage

1 : the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal
2 : aspect, appearance the grimy visage of a mining town

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The word face may be a pretty generic word, but it has several high-flown synonyms. "Physiognomy," for instance, refers to facial features thought to reveal qualities of temperament or character ("I thought I could detect in his physiognomy a mind owning better qualities than his father ever possessed. . . ." - Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights). "Countenance" is often used to refer to the face as an indication of mood or emotion ("Mina struggled hard to keep her brave countenance. . . ." - Bram Stoker, Dracula). "Visage" can refer to the face of a person or an animal, and it can also refer to the appearance of nonliving things, as in "the dirty visage of the old abandoned factory."

Examples of visage in a Sentence

an old man with a noticeably happy visage visitors to the mountain range had long noted that the natural rock formation bore a striking resemblance to the visage of a man

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Thurgood Marshall Underneath decades of dirt and discoloration, the visage of Thurgood Marshall was scarcely visible. Christina Tkacik,, "From the impossible-to-miss to the easily overlooked, here are public artworks to check out in Baltimore," 2 July 2019 More than 300 years ago, Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, whose whiskered visage virtually defines the image of the 18th century pirate, ran his flagship aground near Beaufort, N.C. David G. Savage,, "With Blackbeard’s ship, an argument about 21st century piracy lands in Supreme Court," 3 June 2019 The curious little Godfather-themed pub is frequented by locals, and features plaques with film quotes and Marlon Brando’s visage. Malavika Bhattacharya, National Geographic, "Why is everyone going to Krakow?," 23 July 2019 Not all men are Jacksons or McKinleys or even the fellows responsible for keeping Jackson’s loathsome visage on our twenties. Alexandra Petri, Twin Cities, "Alexandra Petri: Can we risk nominating a man for president?," 13 June 2019 The show transpires almost in half-light with the Phantom’s visage nearly concealed from view. Tom Titus, Daily Pilot, "Review:: On Theater: ‘Phantom’ resurrected with a vengeance at Segerstrom," 15 July 2019 Every other citizen in this country owns their name, visage and other biographical details. Sally Jenkins,, "Commentary: NCAA President Mark Emmert is the lord of a feudal state who knows its time is over," 25 June 2019 Law was part of the Billboard Liberation Front in the 1970s and beyond, famously altering big corporate ads, such as morphing Joe Camel’s visage into a neon skull. Angela Hill, The Mercury News, "John Law, iconic Bay Area prankster, now has his own ‘art’ show," 5 July 2019 Iron Man’s visage is pained on just about every empty wall space from Queens to Venice. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "How Iron Man's Legacy — and BARF Technology — Plays a Major Role in Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of visage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for visage

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from vis face, from Latin visus sight, from vidēre to see — more at wit

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English Language Learners Definition of visage

literary : a person's face

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