Definitions

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  • n. Face, countenance; physiognomy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Face; countenance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Face; countenance; visage.

Etymologies

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Middle English fisnomye, from the same source as physiognomy.

Examples

  • No doubt he saw in his memory's eye the majestic nose of my aunt, and my "visnomy" under the effect of such a contrast must have looked comical enough, by way of a tragic mask.

    Records of a Girlhood

  • Quoth another, “And never did I see aught fouler than his favour or more hideous than his visnomy.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Privately, one studies his own ill-modeled visnomy to see if by any chance it bespeaks the emotions he inwardly feels.

    Pipefuls

  • His crown was bald and encircled by a fair supply of crisp, curly, and silvery hair, whilst a thick gray moustache gave no martial and veteran air to his visnomy.

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • All those present laughed at her mockery of Iblis and wondered at the wittiness of her visnomy [FN#190] and her readiness in versifying, whilst the Shaykh himself rejoiced and said to her,

    Arabian nights. English

  • And when the morning rose, she rose * And crescent like her visnomy:

    Arabian nights. English

  • ‘Physiognomy’ will not give place to ‘visnomy’, however

    English Past and Present

  • One of the performers had blown his visnomy to a point.

    Autobiography and Letters of Orville Dewey, D.D. Edited by his Daughter

  • "The matter!" answered I, in astonishment; looking to see if the man had lost his sight or his senses -- "the matter! who ever saw a sheep's head with straight horns, and a visnomy all colours of the rainbow -- red, blue, orange, green, yellow, white, and black?"

    The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith

  • Scotch signifies throat; "if he is Craig-in-guilt just now, he is as likely to be Craig-in-peril as ony chield I ever saw; the loon has woodie written on his very visnomy, and I wad wager twa and a plack that hemp plaits his cravat yet."

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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  • I’m welcome all over the town.

    The grownups invite a sit-down,

    But all the kids know me

    By my odd visnomy

    As Donald the Dangerous clown.

    September 8, 2018

  • i love that webster's called this a "barbarous contraction of physiognomy."

    July 26, 2008