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See also: facíes and faciès



  • IPA(key): /ˈfeɪʃiz/, /ˈfeɪʃiˌiːz/


facies (countable and uncountable, plural facies)

  1. (plural only) Appearance.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 6
      The Chilean Amphijubula Schust. (Schuster, 1970a) which has the facies of a small Frullania and agrees with Frullania in leaf insertion and branching, has a nontiered seta with 16 epidermal cell rows surrounding 4 inner rows.
  2. (plural only, medicine) Facial features, like an expression or complexion, typical for patients having certain diseases or conditions (e.g. costive facies).
  3. (geology) A body of rock with specified characteristics reflecting the way it was formed.

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faciēs f (genitive faciēī); fifth declension

  1. shape, figure
  2. face, countenance, visage
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Genesis.1.2
      terra autem erat inanis et vacua et tenebrae super faciem abyssi et spiritus Dei ferebatur super aquas
      And the earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved over the waters.
  3. (figuratively) external form, look, condition, appearance
  4. (figuratively) sight aspect


Fifth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative faciēs faciēs
genitive faciēī faciērum
dative faciēī faciēbus
accusative faciem faciēs
ablative faciē faciēbus
vocative faciēs faciēs

Old Genitive: facies

Gellius: vocabulum facies hoc modo declinatur: "haec facies, huius facies", quod nunc propter rationem grammaticam "faciei" dicitur

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  1. second-person singular future active indicative of faciō


  • facies in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • facies in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “facies”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • facies in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette