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  • n. One who studies, or is an expert in, physiognomy; one who studies the outer appearance of the person (primarily the face) to acquire knowledge of the inner personality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as physiognomy, 1.
  • n. One skilled in physiognomy.
  • n. One who tells fortunes by physiognomy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One skilled in physiognomy


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  • [Headnote 1: LA VA 'TER, (John Gaspar,) a celebrated physiognomist, that is, one skilled in the art of determining character by the external features, born in Zurich, in 1741.]

    Sanders' Union Fourth Reader

  • Thenardier, in particular, was troublesome for a physiognomist.

    Les Miserables

  • “Ay,” answered Hayraddin, “it required neither astrologer, or physiognomist, nor chiromantist to foretell that I should follow the destiny of my family.”

    Quentin Durward

  • There was the fat boy, perfectly motionless, with his large circular eyes staring into the arbour, but without the slightest expression on his face that the most expert physiognomist could have referred to astonishment, curiosity, or any other known passion that agitates the human breast.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • One feature only commended this face to the physiognomist.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • The landlord, whether he was a good or a bad physiognomist, had fully made up his mind that the guest was an ill – looking fellow.

    Little Dorrit

  • No physiognomist that ever dwelt on earth could have construed

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • But there was in these eyes an expression of art and design, and, on provocation, a ferocity tempered by caution, which nature had made obvious to the most ordinary physiognomist, perhaps with the same intention that she has given the rattle to the poisonous snake.

    Rob Roy

  • Every man under such circumstances is conscious of being a great physiognomist.

    Adam Bede

  • Yet, in spite of these disadvantages, there was an air of dignity in his deportment, and a nice physiognomist would have perceived something majestic in the features of his countenance.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom


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