Synonyms of face
1 countenanceDictionary • She had a beautiful face.
clock (British, slang)
dial (British, slang)
mug (slang) • He managed to get his ugly mug on telly.
physiognomy • his thick black hair and bony Irish physiognomy
phiz or phizog (slang)
2 expressionDictionary • He was walking around with a sad face.
expression • He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
look • They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
air • The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
appearance • He had the appearance of a college student.
aspect • The snowy tree assumed a dumb, lifeless aspect.
countenance (literary) • He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
3 sideDictionary • He climbed 200 feet up the cliff face.
side • The copier only copies onto one side of the paper.
front • He kept up a brave front.
outside • the outside of the building
surface • The road surface had started breaking up.
aspect • Climate affects every aspect of our lives.
exterior • The exterior of the building was a masterpiece of architecture.
elevation • the addition of a two-storey wing on the north elevation
facet • The stones shone back at her, a thousand facets of light in their white-gold settings.
5 natureDictionary • Players like him have changed the face of snooker.
nature • The protests had been non-political in nature.
image • The tobacco industry has been trying to improve its image.
character • There is a side to his character which you haven't seen yet.
concept • She added that the concept of arranged marriages is misunderstood in the west.
conception • The symphony is admirable in its conception.
make-up • He became convinced that there was some fatal flaw in his make-up.
6 self-respectDictionary • They don't want a war but they don't want to lose face.
respect • I have tremendous respect for him.
reputation • The stories ruined his reputation.
standing • He has improved his country's standing abroad.
regard • I have a very high regard for him and what he has achieved.
status • She cheated banks to satisfy her desire for money and status.
honour • Britain's national honour was at stake.
esteem • He is held in high esteem by his colleagues.
prestige • His work gained him international prestige.
mana (New Zealand) • a leader of great mana and influence
7 impudenceDictionary (informal) • I haven't the face to borrow off him.
impudence • One sister had the impudence to wear the other's clothes.
confidence • She always thinks the worst of herself and has no confidence whatsoever.
audacity • He had the audacity to look at his watch while I was talking.
nerve (informal) • He had the nerve to ask me to prove who I was.
cheek (informal) • I'm amazed they have the cheek to ask in the first place.
assurance • He led the orchestra with assurance.
gall (informal) • She had the gall to suggest that I might lend her the money.
presumption • He had the presumption to answer me back.
chutzpah (US, Canadian, informal)
sass (US, Canadian, informal)
effrontery • He had the effrontery to turn up on my doorstep at 2 in the morning.
brass neck (British, informal)
sassiness (US, informal)
1 look onto • The garden faces south. often with to, towards, or on
look out on
give towards or onto
2 confrontDictionary • He looked relaxed and calm as he faced the press.
confront • She pushed her way through the mob and confronted him face to face.
meet • Never had she met such spite and pettiness.
encounter • They were about to cross the border and encounter Iraqi troops.
oppose • Mr Taylor was bitter towards those who had opposed him.
tackle • I tackled him about how he could tolerate such behaviour.
experience • couples who have experienced the trauma of divorce
brave • She had to brave his anger and confess.
defy • This was the first time that I had dared to defy her.
come up against
be confronted by
face off (slang)
3 besetDictionary • There are two main health risks that face women.
beset • The country is beset by severe economic problems.
worry • ‘Why didn't you tell us?’ ‘ didn't want to worry you.’
trouble • Is anything troubling you?
bother • That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
distress • I did not want to frighten or distress her.
plague • I'm not going to plague you with a lot of questions.
PHRASAL VERB:▷ face someone down
IDIOMS:▷ face to face
PHRASE:▷ to your face
figurative note:The core sense of face is that of the front of the head. In humans, face can mean facial expression, particularly that of negative emotion in the phrase make or pull a face. When applied to inanimate objects, face refers to the functional side of an object or the side facing front, e.g. clock face and cliff face. There is some semantic overlap between the terms façade and face. Both can refer to the frontage of a building, and equally can refer to the outer appearance of a person or situation, especially the presentation of a deceptive image, e.g. a façade of unity and on the face of it. The idea of self-image is also present in the phrases lose face and save face, where face is self-respect. The verbal sense of face is associated with movement forwards or towards the front, having the meaning of opposite in location in facing south, and opposing in argument in facing down.
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airIf you say that someone or something has a particular air, you mean that they give this general impression.
• The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
appearanceSomeone's or something's appearance is the way that they look.
• He had the appearance of a college student.
aspectIf something begins to have a new aspect, it begins to have a new appearance or quality.
• The snowy tree assumed a dumb, lifeless aspect.
Thesaurus for face from the Collins English Thesaurus
the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage