Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of judging someone's character, or telling their fortune, from studying their face or forehead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features, or the lines of the face.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character or the dispositions of men by their features or the lines of the face.

Etymologies

From Middle French metoposcopie, and its source, Late Latin metoposcopia, ultimately from Ancient Greek μέτωπον ("forehead"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Other signs there are taken from physiognomy, metoposcopy, chiromancy, which because Joh. de Indagine, and Rotman, the landgrave of Hesse his mathematician, not long since in his

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • At the very first Herr Trippa, looking on him very wistly in the face, said unto him: Thou hast the metoposcopy and physiognomy of a cuckold, — I say, of a notorious and infamous cuckold.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • After looking Panurge in the face and making conclusions by metoposcopy and physiognomy, he casts his horoscope secundum artem, then, taking a branch of tamarisk, a favorite tree from which to get the divining rod, he names some twenty-nine or thirty mantic arts, from pyromancy to necromancy, by which he offers to predict his future.

    The Evolution of Modern Medicine

  • At the very first Herr Trippa, looking on him very wistly in the face, said unto him: Thou hast the metoposcopy and physiognomy of a cuckold, -- I say, of a notorious and infamous cuckold.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

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