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Pronunciation:  `fizee'√Ęgnumee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face'; `phiz' is British)

PHYSIOGNOMY is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: countenance, kisser, mug, phiz, smiler, visage
 See Also: face, human face, human head, puddingface



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

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.
   [Obs.] --Bale.

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.

Biology Dictionary
  1. An anatomy term referring to a person's general physical appearance and shape, particularly the person's face.
  2. A psychology term for a subfield which studied how one can tell the personality traits and attitudes of a person based on the shape of the person's head, face and other physical traits. (This is not a modern area of study).