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visage

[viz-ij]
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noun
  1. the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.
  2. aspect; appearance.

Origin of visage

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French, equivalent to vis face (< Latin vīsum sight, appearance (Vulgar Latin: face), noun use of neuter past participle of vidēre to see) + -age -age
Related formsvis·aged, adjective

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1. physiognomy, image. See face.
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  • But the duskier it grew, the more did Pluto's visage assume an air of satisfaction.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He sees, like Desdemona, her "visage in her mind," or her affections.

  • The visage of Imogen, ever present to his soul, suggested these salutary reflections.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • His visage was meagre, his hair lank and thin, and his voice hollow.

  • But the city of that night wore a visage new and strange to her, and terrifying.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for visage

visage

noun mainly literary
  1. face or countenance
  2. appearance; aspect

Word Origin

C13: from Old French: aspect, from vis face, from Latin vīsus appearance, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for visage

n.

c.1300, from Old French visage, from vis "face, appearance," from Latin visus "a look, vision," from past participle stem of videre "to see" (see vision). Visagiste "make-up artist" is recorded from 1958, from French.

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