Definitions

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  • n. The practice of judging someone's character, or telling their fortune, from studying their face or forehead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features, or the lines of the face.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character or the dispositions of men by their features or the lines of the face.

Etymologies

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From Middle French metoposcopie, and its source, Late Latin metoposcopia, ultimately from Ancient Greek μέτωπον ("forehead").

Examples

  • Other signs there are taken from physiognomy, metoposcopy, chiromancy, which because Joh. de Indagine, and Rotman, the landgrave of Hesse his mathematician, not long since in his

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • At the very first Herr Trippa, looking on him very wistly in the face, said unto him: Thou hast the metoposcopy and physiognomy of a cuckold, — I say, of a notorious and infamous cuckold.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • After looking Panurge in the face and making conclusions by metoposcopy and physiognomy, he casts his horoscope secundum artem, then, taking a branch of tamarisk, a favorite tree from which to get the divining rod, he names some twenty-nine or thirty mantic arts, from pyromancy to necromancy, by which he offers to predict his future.

    The Evolution of Modern Medicine

  • At the very first Herr Trippa, looking on him very wistly in the face, said unto him: Thou hast the metoposcopy and physiognomy of a cuckold, -- I say, of a notorious and infamous cuckold.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

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