Synonyms of face in English:


See definition of face


1‘she has a beautiful face’


countenance, physiognomy, profile, features

informal mug, kisser, clock

British informal mush, dial, phizog, phiz

British rhyming slang boat race

Scottish Irish informal coupon

Northern Irish informal bake

North American informal puss, pan

literary visage, lineaments

archaic front

2‘her face grew sad again’


expression, facial expression, look, appearance, air, manner, bearing, countenance, guise, cast, aspect, impression

formal mien

3‘he made a face at the sourness of the drink’


grimace, scowl, wry face, wince, frown, glower, smirk, pout, moue

4‘a cube has six faces’


side, aspect, flank, vertical, surface, plane, facet, wall, elevation

front, frontage, facade


5‘the face of a watch’


dial, display

6‘a number of dramatic events changed the face of the industry’


aspect, air, nature, image

7‘he put on a brave face for his audience’


front, show, display, act, appearance, false front, facade, exterior, guise, mask, masquerade, pretence, charade, pose, illusion, smokescreen, veneer, camouflage

8‘criticism, if it is to be constructive, should never cause the recipient to lose face’


respect, honour, esteem, regard, admiration, approbation, acclaim, approval, favour, appreciation, popularity, estimation, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, recognition, prestige, standing, status, dignity, glory, kudos, cachet, image

self-respect, self-esteem, self-image

9‘they had the face to upbraid others’


effrontery, audacity, nerve, gall, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness

informal defiance, boldness, temerity, impudence, impertinence, insolence, presumption, presumptuousness, forwardness, cheek, cheekiness

informal impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, rudeness

informal brass, brass neck, neck, cockiness

British informal sauce

Scottish informal snash

North American informal sass, sassiness, chutzpah

informal, dated hide

British informal, dated crust


1‘the hotel faces the sea’


look out on, front on to, look towards, be facing, afford a view of, command a view of, have a view of, look across, look over, open out over, look on to, overlook, give on to, give over


back on to

2‘you'll just have to face facts’


accept, come to accept, become reconciled to, reconcile oneself to, get used to, become accustomed to, adjust to, accommodate oneself to, acclimatize oneself to

learn to live with, cope with, deal with, come to terms with, get to grips with, become resigned to, make the best of

confront, meet head-on



3‘he is likely to face a humiliating rejection’


be confronted by, be faced with, encounter, experience, come into contact with, run into, come across, meet, come up against, be forced to contend with

4‘those are the problems that face our police force’


beset, worry, distress, cause trouble to, trouble, bother, confront, burden

harass, oppress, vex, irritate, exasperate, strain, stress, tax

torment, plague, blight, bedevil, rack, smite, curse, harrow

rare discommode

5‘though unprepared for such a challenge, he faced it boldly’


brave, face up to, encounter, meet, meet head-on, confront, dare, defy, oppose, resist, withstand


succumb to

6‘a low, curving wall faced with flint’


cover, clad, veneer, skin, overlay, surface, dress, pave, put a facing on, laminate, inlay, plate, coat, line

usually "be faced with"


    face to face

      ‘the two men stood face to face’


      across from each other

    fly in the face of

      ‘this flies in the face of the facts’


      go against, flout, defy, disobey, refuse to obey, rebel against, thumb one's nose at, disregard, ignore, set one's face against, kick against

      break, violate, contravene, breach, infringe


      cock a snook at


      set at naught



    on the face of it

      ‘on the face of it, the government's decision is the height of folly’


      ostensibly, to the casual eye, at face value, to all appearances, from appearances, to go by appearances, to judge by appearances, to all intents and purposes, at first glance, on the surface, superficially

      apparently, seemingly, evidently, outwardly, as far as one knows, as far as one can see, as far as one can tell, by all accounts, so it seems

      so the story goes, so I'm told, so it appears, so it seems, so it would appear, so it would seem

      allegedly, supposedly, reputedly

    face down

      ‘he faced down his harshest critic’


      stand up to, outface, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy