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  • noun 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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  • 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

  • visage, aspect,countenance,look...

    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

  • 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

  • I like the Shakespearean-sounding visage.

    August 12, 2009