Definition of physiognomical in US English:

physiognomical

adjective

  • See physiognomy

    • ‘Lombroso summed up and added to a long tradition that held that geniuses (and their cousins, degenerates) were visibly distinctive through physical and physiognomical marks as well as by personality traits.’
    • ‘The picture could be a physiognomical paradigm of a conspirator, a machinator, a schemer.’
    • ‘Likening these operations to practices in contemporary terms, Sekula argues that the device of the archive within apartheid became ‘the last physiognomical system of domination.’’
    • ‘From numerous observations it further results, that not the size only, but also the organic constitution of the cerebral parts, must be taken into consideration before physiognomical signs of the mental operations can be established.’

Pronunciation

physiognomical

/ˌfizēəˈnämək(ə)l//ˌfɪziəˈnɑmək(ə)l/