Variant of physiognomy
- the practice of trying to judge character and mental qualities by observation of bodily, esp. facial, features
- facial features and expression, esp. as supposedly indicative of character; the face
- apparent characteristics; outward features or appearance
Origin: Middle English fisonomie from Middle French phisonomie from Midieval Latin physonomia from Glassical Greek physiognōmonia from physis, nature (see physic) plush gnōmōn, one who knows: see gnomon
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