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 characterby the shape and appearance of the hand.
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And finally he doubts it only when chirognomy conflicts with physiognomy.
For example, chiromancy, chirognomy, chirosophy, and palmistry are all words to describe the same mantic system.
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.