physiognomy

n. the art of judging human character by facial features

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Sentences

  • The beautiful physiognomy of the pageant contestant suggested she would be dumb beauty and coast through the competition on her looks alone, however, she quickly debunked the stereotype when she spoke intelligently and competently answered all the questions.
  • His more rounded, chubby, baby-like face led people to believe he was innocent and angelic, thus trusting him more.

Synonyms

appearance, countenance, mien

Antonyms

not stereotypical, unobservant
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