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Definition the human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British);
or: the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  • Speaking in short, matter-of-fact phrases, they worry aloud over the fickle weather and fields of sunflowers still too wet to cut, while above their heads Ross Perot s sneering visage flickers across a silent television screen.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
visage = face
  • He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • And Akhilleus in his turn gazed in wonder upon Priam, royal in visage as in speech.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This fair hair, this pale visage, this pure brow, seemed surrounded by an ashy halo from which the dark eyes looked out at me.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • His visage was clouded by fear.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "This is terrible!" said I, feeling that my check grew pale, and seeing a like change in the visages about me.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth's Holocaust
  • His visage was grim, weathered, and hewn of many years' experience.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • For a split second, one took on the icy visage of Boreas.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • His working, fiercely malignant visage as suddenly set somberly.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Very, very slowly, Nico's frozen visage thawed and we talked for a few minutes more.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • "That there Roger Cly, master," said Mr. Cruncher, with a taciturn and iron-bound visage.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • That ravaged visage told plainly the battle-ground that Lydia Sessions's narrow soul had become in these dreadful days.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Paul stared at the dark visage above him, wondering at the reasons which had impelled Stilgar to say just that.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • We have been taught to tremble at the terrific visages of murdering janizaries, and to blush at the unveiled mysteries of a future seraglio.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Snake Anson let out a hoarse laugh and Moze's black visage opened in a huge grin.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • What if we do omit This reprobate till he were well inclined; And satisfy the deputy with the visage Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio?
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • No one ventured to gainsay the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm visage.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The four blazing pines threw up a loftier flame, and obscurely discovered shapes and visages of horror on the smoke wreaths above the impious assembly.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • His visage was meagre, his hair lank and thin, and his voice hollow.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • The humpbacked, toothless visage of old age?
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire

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