noun, plural phys·i·og·no·mies.
- physiographic province,
- physiologic antidote,
- physiologic congestion
Origin of physiognomy
Examples from the Web for physiognomies
Generally their physiognomies are pleasing, but they cannot be said to have much character.Celebrated Travels and Travellers|Jules Verne
To judge by their physiognomies, they ruled by brute force and craft.Cathedral Cities of Italy|William Wiehe Collins
At the bedside of their patients the physiognomies of these fashionable doctors become expert in lying.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
Like living friends they too have their voice and physiognomies, and their company is prized as old acquaintances.Tablets|Amos Bronson Alcott
It was rather a family likeness, a relationship of physiognomies in which the same blood courses.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
Word Origin for physiognomy
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.