Synonyms of face in English:

face


See definition of face

noun

1‘she has a beautiful face’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

4‘a cube has six faces’

SYNONYMS

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

front, frontage, facade

slope

5‘the face of a watch’

SYNONYMS

dial, display

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

SYNONYMS

aspect, air, nature, image

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

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

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

impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, rudeness

brass, brass neck, neck, cockiness

British sauce

Scottish snash

North American sass, sassiness, chutzpah

dated hide

British dated crust


verb

1‘the hotel faces the sea’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

back on to

2‘you'll just have to face facts’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

dodge

3‘he is likely to face a humiliating rejection’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

succumb to

6usually be faced with‘a low, curving wall faced with flint’

SYNONYMS

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


Phrases

    face to face

      ‘the two men stood face to face’

      SYNONYMS

      across from each other

      informal
    fly in the face of

      ‘this flies in the face of the facts’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      informal

      cock a snook at

      archaic

      set at naught

      ANTONYMS

      obey

    on the face of it

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

      SYNONYMS

      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’

      SYNONYMS

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

      face