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chirognomy Line breaks: chir|ognomy
Pronunciation: /kʌɪˈrɒɡnəmi/

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Definition of chirognomy in English:


[mass noun] rare
The supposed art of judging a person’s character by examining the lines and other features of the hand.
Example sentences
  • He was so enamored of chirognomy that he had casts made of his and his wife's hands, and even talked of making a collection of those of his friends.
  • One writer on the subject of chirognomy claims to have given private lessons in the study of the hand to the heads of 275 business establishments in New York.
  • Chirognomy has a history rooted in ancient philosophy and a theory of both cosmic and personal relationships.


Mid 19th century: from chiro-, after physiognomy.

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