Physiognomy

Phys`i*og"no*my

(?), n.;
pl. Physiognomies (#).
[OE. fisonomie, phisonomie, fisnamie, OF. phisonomie, F. physiognomie, physiognomonie, from Gr. ; fy`sis nature + one who knows or examines, a judge, fr. , , to know. See Physic, and Know, and cf. Phiz.] 1. The art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
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2. The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
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3. The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features. [Obs.] Bale.
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4. The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
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