noun, plural phys·i·og·no·mies.
Origin of physiognomy
Related Words for physiognomylook, mien, appearance, feature, countenance, aspect, portrait, expression, visage
Examples from the Web for physiognomy
Contemporary Examples of physiognomy
The nude of the 19th century was often a tool for anatomical study: an intellectualized and idealized approach to physiognomy.‘Masculin/Masculin,’ a Retrospective of Male Nudity in Art, Opens in Paris
September 25, 2013
Historical Examples of physiognomy
The First Secretary observed this play of physiognomy steadily.The Secret Agent
It had a physiognomy and character of its own—this fantastic foreigner!Night and Morning, Complete
There is that in his physiognomy that shows his ugly disposition, when aroused.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
His physiognomy had an expression I had never seen before on any face.
There was no sign of mercy or moderation in his physiognomy.
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.