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Definitions

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  • n. The expression or countenance that seems to an onlooker to be represented by the appearance of a person's face, resulting from specific use of that person's facial muscles.

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  • n. the feelings expressed on a person's face
  • n. a gesture executed with the facial muscles

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Erick talks excitedly about his recent trip to Disney World, but his blank, emotionless facial expression contradicts his mood and puzzles his conversation partners.

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  • This plan has already been tested on a certain Mr. Napoléon and simply involves pouring a certain powder into the open mouths of the … of the … Nilly’s facial expression changed as his hand searched around frantically inside his uniform.

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  • Dr. Gail smiled—if you could call such a condescending facial expression a smile.

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  • “How do you know the first thing about the meaning of a facial expression inherently inhuman?

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  • I like the Shakespearean-sounding visage.

    August 12, 2009

  • Perhaps "facial expression" is not as detached and descriptive as I thought...
    Except for "aspect" for which (in this sense) I don't really have a feeling, I went through those three words in the thesaurus and found them, as you said, rolig, too formal. "Look" is the one I rejected for being too ambiguous. I think I now favor "expression" without the "facial" as you said, and perhaps with something like "rich" in front. Thanks!

    August 12, 2009

  • You could also just say "expression" or even just "eyes". I am not sure that there is anything "cold" about the term facial expression, by the way. "Visage", "aspect", and "countenance" are all rather formal words. "Look" is more colloquial, but can be ambiguous (e.g., it can refer just as well to one's clothes or posture).

    August 12, 2009

  • visage, aspect,countenance,look...

    August 12, 2009

  • I'm looking for a synonym for facial expression (particularly regarding the eyes) that feels warmer, does not restrict the meaning and is not ambiguous.
    If you happen to know one, please drop me a comment. Thx. :-)

    August 12, 2009