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Definition of Physiognomy

Physiognomy

  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.
  2. The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
  3. The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features.
  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.

Physiognomy Quotations

People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy, no soul. But it changes every day.
Paul Cezanne

If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed.
Paracelsus

You're either sexy or you're not. I'm very self-conscious about my physiognomy.
Bobby Darin

Their elegant shape, showy colours, and slow, sailing mode of flight, make them very attractive objects, and their numbers are so great that they form quite a feature in the physiognomy of the forest, compensating for the scarcity of flowers.
Henry Walter Bates
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Physiognomy Translations

physiognomy in Dutch is gelaatstrekken

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