Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A so-called art or science which professes to judge of mental character from the form and markings or lines of the hand; palmistry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The art of judging character by the shape and appearance of the hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The art of judging character by the shape and appearance of the hand.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek, meaning "hand understanding". Compare physiognomy.

Examples

  • And finally he doubts it only when chirognomy conflicts with physiognomy.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • For example, chiromancy, chirognomy, chirosophy, and palmistry are all words to describe the same mantic system.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 2

  • When he speaks of stupid and intelligent faces he is a physiognomist; he sees that there are intellectual foreheads and microcephalic ones, and is thus a craniologist; he observes the expression of fear and of joy, and so observes the principles of imitation; he contemplates a fine and elegant hand in contrast with a fat and mean hand, and therefore assents to the effectiveness of chirognomy; he finds one hand-writing scholarly and fluid, another heavy, ornate and unpleasant; so he is dealing with the first principles of graphology; -- all these observations and inferences are nowhere denied, and nobody can say where their attainable boundaries lie.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

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