Synonyms of 'face'
the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jawShe had a beautiful face.
one's expressionHe was walking around with a sad face.
He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
He had the appearance of a college student.
The snowy tree assumed a lifeless aspect.
He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
the front or main side of an object, building, etc.We climbed 200 feet up the cliff face.
The copier only copies onto one side of the paper.
He kept up a brave front.
the outside of the building
Grill until the outsides are browned.
The road surface had started breaking up.
Climate affects every aspect of our lives.
The exterior of the building was a masterpiece of architecture.
the addition of a two-storey wing on the north elevation
The stones shone back at her, a thousand facets of light in their white-gold settings.
the surface of a clock or watch that has the numbers or hands on itThe face of the clock was painted yellow.
Players like him have changed the face of snooker.
The protests had been non-political in nature.
We are financially clean but we do need to improve our image.
There is a side to his character which you haven't seen yet.
She added that the concept of arranged marriages is misunderstood in the west.
The symphony is admirable in its conception.
He became convinced that there was some fatal flaw in his make-up.
They don't want a war but they don't want to lose face.
I have tremendous respect for him.
The stories ruined his reputation.
standing, , ,
He has improved his country's standing abroad.
I have a very high regard for him and what he has achieved.
She cheated banks to satisfy her desire for money and status.
The country's national honour was at stake.
He is held in high esteem by his colleagues.
Her work gained her international prestige.
mana (New Zealand)
a leader of great mana and influence
(informal) I haven't the face to ask her for money.
One sister had the impudence to wear the other's clothes.
She always thinks the worst of herself and has no confidence whatsoever.
He had the audacity to look at his watch while I was talking.
He had the nerve to ask me to prove who I was.
I'm amazed they have the cheek to ask in the first place.
He led the orchestra with assurance.
She had the gall to suggest that I might lend her the money.
He had the presumption to answer me back.
chutzpah (US, Canadian, informal),
He had the effrontery to turn up on my doorstep at 2 in the morning.
brass neck (British, informal),
to be oppositeThe garden faces south.
look onto, ,
look out on,
give towards or onto
to be confronted byShe looked relaxed and calm as she faced the press.
She pushed her way through the mob and confronted him face to face.
Never had she met such spite and pettiness.
They were about to cross the border and encounter Iraqi troops.
Mr Taylor was bitter towards those who had opposed him.
I tackled him about how he could tolerate such behaviour.
couples who have experienced the trauma of divorce
They had to brave her anger and confess.
This was the first time that I had dared to defy her.
be confronted by,
face off (slang)
There are two main health risks that face women.
The country is beset by severe economic problems.
‘Why didn't you tell us?’ – ‘Didn't want to worry you.’
Is anything troubling you?
That kind of jealousy doesn't bother me.
I did not want to frighten or distress her.
I'm not going to plague you with a lot of questions.
to provide with a surface of a different material
They line their dens with leaves or grass.
She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
finish, , , , ,
The bowl is finished in a pearlized lustre.
The floor was overlaid with rugs of Turkish design.
a very large dark wood table overlaid in glass
See face someone down
See face up to
See face to face
See show your face
See to your face
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.
The face is the image of the soul – De Oratore]The face is the soul of the body – Journal]I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of thatAt 50, everyone has the face he deserves – last entry in notebook]Was this the face that launched a thousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? – Doctor Faustus]
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in the sense of air
a distinctive quality, appearance, or mannerThe meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
in the sense of appearance
the way a person or thing looksHe had the appearance of a college student.
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