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  • n. An adherent or practitioner of phrenology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in phrenology; a craniologist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is versed in phrenology.

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

  • n. someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull


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  • Not that I am what is called a phrenologist, but I am curious as to the physical developments of these fellow-mortals of mine, and a little in want of a sensation.

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  • In this respect a phrenologist is a pure quack in comparison with a lady in a trance.

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  • Similarly, the 1871 book New Physiognomy, written by the American phrenologist Samuel Roberts Wells, described the Irish woman as being governed “by the lower or animal passions,” “seeking her chief pleasure from things physical and animal,” and unable to see “beauty in that which can not be eaten or used for the gratification of the bodily appetites or passions.”

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  • Even though the self-righteous Bachmann is a native of Waterloo, Iowa, voters in the Hawkeye State just cannot see trusting her with the codes to the U.S. nuclear arsenal trusting a Creationist like Bachmann on any public policy is akin to trusting a phrenologist with curing your cancer.

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  • Channel 9 news responded that: ‘I believe it was noted philanthropist, philosopher and phrenologist Shaquille O’Neal who said ‘Tell me how my ass tastes.’

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  • Charles Ward is the LNN's Director of Public Relations and resident phrenologist.

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  • You might think getting a globe is as relevant as going to see a phrenologist.

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  • I'm no phrenologist, but there's something about that guy...

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  • By the time he had graduated in 1834, Fowler had examined heads in and around Amherst with such success that he abandoned his plans for the ministry and became a full time phrenologist.


  • Before Esquirol required Gall to make predictions, the phrenologist was free to concoct any explanation to fit the situation.

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