- the face or countenance, especially when considered as an index to the character: a fierce physiognomy.
- Also called anthroposcopy. the art of determining character or personal characteristics from the form or features of the body, especially of the face.
- the outward appearance of anything, taken as offering some insight into its character: the physiognomy of a nation.
Origin of physiognomy
Examples from the Web for physiognomically
Yet I am told that my eye, eyebrows, and forehead are physiognomically good.Famous Houses and Literary Shrines of London
A. St. John Adcock
Will you try to look out for a fit servant for us—simple of heart, physiognomically handsome, and scientific in vaccimulgence?
Yet I am told that my eyes, eyebrows, and forehead are physiognomically good; but of this the deponent knoweth not.
Physiognomically the slaughterman carries his trade-mark legibly enough.No Animal Food
Rupert H. Wheldon
Physiognomically regarded, the Sperm Whale is an anomalous creature.Moby Dick; or The Whale
- a person's features or characteristic expression considered as an indication of personality
- the art or practice of judging character from facial features
- the outward appearance of something, esp the physical characteristics of a geographical region
Word Origin and History for physiognomically
late 14c., "art of judging characters from facial features," from Old French phizonomie and directly from Late Latin physiognomia, from Greek physiognomia "the judging of a person's nature by his features," from physio- (see physio-) + gnomon (genitive gnomonos) "judge, indicator" (see gnomon). Meaning "face, countenance, features" is from c.1400. Related: Physiognomical.
- Facial features, especially when considered as an indicator of character or as a factor in diagnosis.
- Estimation of one's character and mental qualities by a study of the face and general bodily carriage.