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noun noun: physiognomy; plural noun: physiognomies

  1. a person's facial features or expression, especially when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin. "friends began to notice a change in his physiognomy"

  2. the supposed art of judging character from facial characteristics. "a world where physiognomy was a respected practice"

  • the general form or appearance of something. "the physiognomy of the landscape"

Origin late Middle English: from Old French phisonomie, via medieval Latin from Greek phusiognōmonia ‘judging of a man's nature (by his features)’, based on gnōmōn ‘a judge, interpreter’.

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