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physiognomy

Pronunciation: fiz'e-og'no-me

Definition:

  1. The physical appearance of one's face, countenance, or habitus, especially regarded as an indication of character.
  2. Estimation of one's character and mental qualities by a study of the face and other external bodily features.

[physio- + G. gnomon, a judge]

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