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Definition of Physiognomy

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facial features; superficial appearance; analysis of personal traits based on one's facial features
Physiognomy Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
  
(n.)
The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
  
(n.)
The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features.
  
(n.)
The art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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physiognomy
\phys`i*og"no*my\ (?), n.; pl. physiognomies (#). [oe. fisonomie, phisonomie, fisnamie, of. phisonomie, f. physiognomie, physiognomonie, from gr. &?;; fy`sis nature + &?; one who knows or examines, a judge, fr. &?;, &?;, to know. see physic, and know, and cf. phiz.]
1. the art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
2. the face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
3. the art telling fortunes by inspection of the features. [obs.]
4. the general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
physiognomy
n : the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face'; `phiz' is british) [syn: countenance, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug]



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The external appearance merely.
The Devil's Dictionary
Physiognomy, (n.)

The art of determining the character of another by the resemblances and differences between his face and our own, which is the standard of excellence.

"There is no art," says Shakespeare, foolish man,
"To read the mind's construction in the face."
The physiognomists his portrait scan,
And say: "How little wisdom here we trace!
He knew his face disclosed his mind and heart,
So, in his own defence, denied our art."

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The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
(synonym) countenance, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug
(hypernym) face, human face
(hyponym) pudding face, pudding-face
(part-holonym) human head
(classification) colloquialism
(classification) United Kingdom, UK, Great Britain, GB, Britain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Physiognomy Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Physiognomy (from the Gk.  meaning "nature" and meaning "judge" or "interpreter") is the assessment of a person's character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face. The term can also refer to the general appearance of a person, object, or terrain, without reference to its implied characteristics, as in the physiognomy of a plant community.

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Physiognomy Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Dictionary of Alternative-Medicine Methods
Fortunetelling, and/or purported determination of human character and disposition, by examination of (a) facial features or (b) the form and lineaments of the entire body. Physiognomy whose object is the face is also called "face-reading," while the "art" of reading the lines of the forehead is called "metoposcopy." (See "facial diagnosis.")