metoposcopy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

metoposcopy (uncountable)

  1. The practice of judging someone's character, or telling their fortune, from studying their face or forehead.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York 2001, p.208:
      Other signs there are taken from physiognomy, metoposcopy, chiromancy […].