- 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 physiognomic
Act, and manner of doing the act, are creditably of a piece with Friedrich Wilhelm; physiognomic of the rugged veracious man.
Was I not very possibly myself, on this ground of physiognomic congruity, more physiognomic than anyone else?The Sacred Fount
The amount of study given to the hand renders it probable that palmistry may have considerable value as a physiognomic science.
Marie learned while very young to reproduce with marvelous skill what were called the attitudes and the physiognomic changes.Delsarte System of Oratory
- 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 physiognomic
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.