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  • n. Plural form of physiognomy.

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Examples

  • From Leonardo Da Vinci, via the "characters" of Wenceslaus Hollar, the tradition of exaggerating human physiognomies in order to express underlying characteristics was championed by William Hogarth, but, as his 1743 Characters or Caricatures makes clear, the derogatory intent? or otherwise? is in the collusion between the hand of the creator and the eye of the beholder.

    Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, at Tate Britain

  • With a critical eye for anatomy, he expertly captures the subtle nuances of his subjects 'physiognomies through the use of oil on panel, charcoal, and graphite in his life-size paintings and drawings.

    Emily Waldorf: Art Chat: Interview With Figurative Painter David Jon Kassan

  • Most of the big names are here, their physiognomies conjuring their well-known historical personalities: a pudgy, youthful Nero; a wizened, bullish Vespasian; a cultured, bearded Hadrian; and a pinched, discontented Commodus.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Thomas Pettigrew, in his 1834 History of Egyptian Mummies, quotes a Captain Sutherland's description of them: "The physiognomies of the deceased are so ludicrously mutilated and their muscles are so contracted and distorted in the drying that no French mimic could equal their grimaces."

    Screaming Mummies!

  • The physiognomies of the deceased are so ludicrously mutilated and their muscles are so contracted and distorted in the drying that no French mimic could equal their grimaces.

    Screaming Mummies! - Palermo's Undead Dead

  • Perhaps because of his own unusual appearance, he was fascinated with chronicling the physiognomies of his fellow humans with a fusion of frankness and compassion.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Dense dry thicket and scrub forest are the typical woodland physiognomies, with Sterculia setigera, Euphorbia conspicua, Strychnos spp.,

    Angolan scarp savanna and woodlands

  • You ought to see a typical Eastern city crowdswart, aberrant physiognomies, & gestures & jabbering born of alien instincts.

    Stunted Brachycephalic Rat-Faced Cursed Scum

  • They were supposed to be French, Prussian, Saxon, English, and Dutch, but it was obvious from their Asiatic physiognomies that most of them were conscripts from the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    The Great Experiment

  • So she looked round the ring of merchants, examining one by one their physiognomies, till her glance fell on Ali

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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