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[viz-ij] /ˈvɪz ɪdʒ/
the face, usually with reference to shape, features, expression, etc.; countenance.
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
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visaged, adjective
1. physiognomy, image. See face. Unabridged
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  • Lindsay visaged the words with a smile, but they had an articulated hardness.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • Monica laughs: to be angry with so sad a visaged man as Owen Kelly would be a cruelty.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • I see a carriage roll up, and Sir Alfred Milner springs out, spare-framed and (p. 204) visaged like an eagle.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
British Dictionary definitions for visaged


noun (mainly literary)
face or countenance
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 visaged



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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