phrenology
noun Etymology: Greek phren-, phrēn Date: 1805 the study of the conformation of the skull based on the belief that it is indicative of mental faculties and character • phrenological adjectivephrenologist noun

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  • Phrenology — (from Greek: φρήν, phrēn , mind ; and λόγος, logos , knowledge ) is a defunct field of study, once considered a science, by which the personality traits of a person were determined by reading bumps and fissures in the skull. Developed by German… …   Wikipedia

  • Phrenology — Phre*nol o*gy, n. [Gr. ?, ?, the mind + logy: cf. F. phr[ e]nologie.] 1. The science of the special functions of the several parts of the brain, or of the supposed connection between the various faculties of the mind and particular organs in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • phrenology — 1815, lit. mental science, from Gk. phren (gen. phrenos) mind + LOGY (Cf. logy) study of. Applied to the theory of mental faculties originated by Gall and Spurzheim that led to the 1840s mania for reading personality clues in the shape of one s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • phrenology — ► NOUN chiefly historical ▪ the study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character. DERIVATIVES phrenologist noun. ORIGIN from Greek phr n mind …   English terms dictionary

  • phrenology — ☆ phrenology [fri näl′ə jē ] n. [ PHRENO (sense 2) + LOGY] a system, popular esp. in the 19th cent., based on the assumption that an analysis of character can be made by a study of the shape and protuberances of the skull phrenological [fren΄ə… …   English World dictionary

  • Phrenology — The study of variations in size, shape, and proportion of the cranium. Phrenology was a pseudoscience of the 18th and 19th centuries based on the belief that a person s character could be learned by looking with care at the shape of their head… …   Medical dictionary

  • phrenology — phrenologic /fren l oj ik/, phrenological, adj. phrenologically, adv. phrenologist, n. /fri nol euh jee, fre /, n. a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by …   Universalium

  • phrenology — [[t]frɪnɒ̱ləʤi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Phrenology is the study of the size and shape of people s heads in the belief that you can find out about their characters and abilities from this. ...the ancient science of phrenology. Derived words: phrenologist… …   English dictionary

  • phrenology — noun The science, now generally discredited, which studies the relationships between a persons character and the morphology (structure) of the skull. Oh, sure, you have a system for predicting the stock market; whats next phrenology? Syn:… …   Wiktionary

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