Definition of physiognomy:
- The art and science of discovering the predominant temper, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
- The art telling fortunes by inspection of the features.
- The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
- The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
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Besides all this, the eye affects, as it is expressive of some qualities of the mind, and its principal power generally arises from this; so that what we have just said of the physiognomy is applicable here.- "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
- "Recollections of Europe", J. Fenimore Cooper.
- "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.