English Thesaurus
(noun) 
Definition
the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw
She had a beautiful face.
Synonyms
,
features
,
clock (British, slang)
,
kisser (slang, old-fashioned)
, ,
dial (British, slang)
,
mug (slang)
I managed to get my ugly mug on telly.
,
visage
,
physiognomy
his thick black hair and bony Irish physiognomy
, ,
phiz or phizog (slang, informal)
(noun) 
Definition
one's expression
He was walking around with a sad face.
Synonyms
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 lifeless aspect.
,
countenance (literary)
He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
(noun) 
Definition
the front or main side of an object, building, etc.
We climbed 200 feet up the cliff face.
Synonyms
side
The copier only copies onto one side of the paper.
,
front
He kept up a brave front.
, ,
outside
the outside of the building
Grill until the outsides are browned.
,
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.
,
right side
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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.
,
vertical surface
(noun) 
Definition
the surface of a clock or watch that has the numbers or hands on it
The face of the clock was painted yellow.
Synonyms
dial
,
(noun) 
Players like him have changed the face of snooker.
Synonyms
nature
The protests had been non-political in nature.
,
image
We are financially clean but we do need to improve our 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.
(noun) 
They don't want a war but they don't want to lose face.
Synonyms
,
respect
I have tremendous respect for him.
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reputation
The stories ruined his reputation.
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standing
He has improved his country's standing abroad.
, , ,
regard
I have a very high regard for him and what he has achieved.
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status
She cheated banks to satisfy her desire for money and status.
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honour
The country's national honour was at stake.
,
esteem
He is held in high esteem by his colleagues.
,
prestige
Her work gained her international prestige.
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self-image
,
mana (New Zealand)
a leader of great mana and influence
(noun) 
(informal)  I haven't the face to ask her for money.
Synonyms
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.
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audacity
He had the audacity to look at his watch while I was talking.
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nerve (informal)
He had the nerve to ask me to prove who I was.
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neck (informal)
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sauce (informal)
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cheek (informal)
I'm amazed they have the cheek to ask in the first place.
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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.
,
boldness
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chutzpah (US, Canadian, informal)
,
sass (informal)
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effrontery
He had the effrontery to turn up on my doorstep at 2 in the morning.
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brass neck (British, informal)
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sassiness (informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to be opposite
The garden faces south.
Synonyms
look onto
, ,
be opposite
,
look out on
,
front onto
,
give towards or onto
(verb) 
Definition
to be confronted by
She looked relaxed and calm as she faced the press.
Synonyms
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.
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deal with
,
oppose
Mr Taylor was bitter towards those who had opposed him.
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tackle
I tackled him about how he could tolerate such behaviour.
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cope with
,
experience
couples who have experienced the trauma of divorce
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brave
They had to brave her anger and confess.
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defy
This was the first time that I had dared to defy her.
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come up against
,
be confronted by
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face off (slang)
(verb) 
There are two main health risks that face women.
Synonyms
beset
The country is beset by severe economic problems.
,
worry
‘Why didn't you tell us?’ – ‘Didn't want to worry you.’
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trouble
Is anything troubling you?
,
bother
That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
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distress
I did not want to frighten or distress her.
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plague
I'm not going to plague you with a lot of questions.
(verb) 
Definition
to provide with a surface of a different material
Synonyms
,
line
They line their dens with leaves or grass.
, ,
cover
She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
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finish
The bowl is finished in a pearlized lustre.
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overlay
The floor was overlaid with rugs of Turkish design.
a very large dark wood table overlaid in glass
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sheathe

phrasal verb

See face someone down

phrases

See face up to

idioms

See face to 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.

Quotations

The face is the image of the soul [CiceroDe Oratore]
The face is the soul of the body [Ludwig WittgensteinJournal]I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that [Lauren Bacall]At 50, everyone has the face he deserves [George Orwelllast entry in notebook]Was this the face that launched a thousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
[Christopher MarloweDoctor Faustus]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of air
Definition
a distinctive quality, appearance, or manner
The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
in the sense of appearance
Definition
the way a person or thing looks
He had the appearance of a college student.
Synonyms
in the sense of aspect
Definition
appearance or look
The snowy tree assumed a lifeless aspect.

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