noun, plural phys·i·og·no·mies.
Origin of physiognomy
Examples from the Web for 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|Sarah Moroz|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As for his wife, physiognomy championed her even in the face of their accusive talk.Cabbages and Kings|O. Henry
His combined features were commanding and prepossessing, his physiognomy indicating a gigantic intellect.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
The bias of his character, the visions of his reveries, and the cast of his figure and physiognomy, were decidedly military.The Entail|John Galt
All his activity was devoted to religion until he undertook his work on physiognomy.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
It is quite evident that in the future the study of physiognomy is going to be pursued more vigorously than it has been.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World|Clifton R. Wooldridge
British Dictionary definitions for physiognomy
Word Origin for physiognomy
Word Origin and History 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.