A person supposedly able to judge character (or, formerly, to predict the future) from facial characteristics.
More example sentences
- There were coffee houses which offered fortune tellers, palmists, physiognomists, job counselors and origami instructors.
- In this circumscribed area, then, it may be surmised how the great physiognomists - and collectors are the physiognomists of the world of objects - turn into interpreters of fate.
- Lavater, who wrote fragments on physiognomy, and who styles himself a fragment of a physiognomist, maintains that physiognomy exists as a true science.
late 16th century: from Old French physionomiste.
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