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Definitions of physiognomy

  1. the human face (` kisser' and ` smiler' and ` mug' are informal terms for ` face'; ` phiz' is British)
  2. the human face (` kisser' and ` smiler' and ` mug' are informal terms for ` face' and ` phiz' is British)
  3. 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.
  4. The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
  5. The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features.
  6. The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
  7. The art of reading in the face the qualities of the mind; the face; outward appearance.
  8. 1. The countenance, especially regarded as an indication of the character. 2. The estimation of one's character and mental qualities by a study of the face and general bodily carriage.
  9. Science of determining character by the general appearance of face.
  10. The art of knowing a man's disposition from his features: expression of countenance: the face.
  11. PYHSIOGNOMIC, PHYSIOGNOMICAL.
  12. PHYSIOGNOMICALLY.
  13. PHYSIOGNOMICS, same as PHYSIOGNOMY.
  14. Art of discerning character from the features; the countenance.
  15. The face as revealing character; the art of reading character by the face.
  16. The outward look of a thing.
  17. Physiognomic, physiognomical.
  18. The science of discerning the character of the mind from the features of the face; the expression of the countenance.
  19. The particular cast or expression of the face; the art of determining the character and dispositions of a person by an examination of the features of the face; in bot., the general appearance of a plant without any reference to its botanical characters.
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Quotes of physiognomy

  1. Their elegant shape, showy colours, and slow, sailing mode of flight, make them very attractive objects, and their numbers are so great that they form quite a feature in the physiognomy of the forest, compensating for the scarcity of flowers. – Henry Walter Bates
  2. People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy no soul. But it changes every day. – Paul Cezanne
  3. You're either sexy or you're not. I'm very self -conscious about my physiognomy – Bobby Darin
  4. If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed. – Paracelsus

Usage examples for physiognomy

  1. If physiognomy counted for anything, Mrs Reeves must surely be a most sweet and noble character. – A College Girl by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  2. It does not present the frank physiognomy of the second Scherzo, op. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  3. He did not even remember her physiognomy now. – Là-bas by J. K. Huysmans
  4. No passion of hatred or envy could have been expressed by this physiognomy it would have been impossible for him not to be kind. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  5. His fierce and sensuous physiognomy is quite in keeping with this bloody deed, which was well calculated to strike terror into the Egyptian nation, and to ensure a general submission. – Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson Other: Arthur Gilman
  6. But to go back to John: Did you ever study physiognomy – The Title Market by Emily Post
  7. When a white face does appear, it is usually under the shadow of an Indian helmet, and heavily bearded, and austere: the physiognomy of one used to command. – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
  8. She was a woman of large form, and bold, passionate physiognomy possessing a countenance not altogether unlovely, though lacking in delicacy of feature- its beauty, such as it was, being of a purely sensual character. –  by
  9. Such a thing has a physiognomy not to be disguised, and I should fancy a man might as easily negotiate St. Paul's Cathedral. – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  10. His grandfather is said to have been a bear, who fell in love with a Danish lady; and his father, Beorn, retained some of the traces of the parental physiognomy in a pair of pointed ears. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  11. At the time when he crossed Goethe's path he was engaged on the work on Physiognomy with which his name is chiefly associated, and it was partly with the object of collecting the materials for that work that he was now visiting Germany. – The Youth of Goethe by Peter Hume Brown
  12. He had the square forehead, the high cheek- bones, the compressed lips, and in fact the physiognomy of an Indian, relieved, however, by a firm, benevolent, Saxon eye. – Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama. by George Cary Eggleston
  13. Mary is not only vividly conceived from within, but her physiognomy as seen from without, is indicated with much pictorial force: " Did you mark our Queen? – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  14. The room was the one in which he had studied his own physiognomy – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  15. That peculiar and exquisite blush, which at moments changed the whole physiognomy of Katherine, flitted across her smooth cheek, and vanished. – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. It stands lower in front than behind; and, though somewhat resembling a jackal, has an unmistakable canine physiognomy the eye is fuller and better placed, and forehead broader, and the muzzle less pointed. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  17. Therefore authors who write in Latin and imitate the style of the old writers essentially wear a mask; one certainly hears what they say, but one cannot watch their physiognomy that is to say their style. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  18. His physiognomy his manner of speech, this movement, his mental attitude toward events- all these were distinctly diverting. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  19. No one could say, by inspecting that calm physiognomy whether good or ill fortune was attending his lordship. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. My pansies and alyssum were up- at least I believed they were up, but I spent many minutes of each day kneeling by them and studying the physiognomy of their cotyledons. – The Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris