phrenologist


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phre·nol·o·gy

 (frĭ-nŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal character and mental capacity.

phren′o·log′ic (frĕn′ə-lŏj′ĭk, frē′nə-), phren′o·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
phre·nol′o·gist n.
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Noun1.phrenologist - someone who claims to be able to read your character from the shape of your skull
charlatan, mountebank - a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
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Translations

phrenologist

[frɪˈnɒlədʒɪst] Nfrenólogo/a m/f
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phrenologist

nPhrenologe m, → Phrenologin f
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How wearisome the grammarian, the phrenologist, the political or religious fanatic, or indeed any possessed mortal whose balance is lost by the exaggeration of a single topic.
A perfect, all-rounded man is so rare that Socrates, one of the noblest pearls of humanity, declared (as a phrenologist of that day) that he was born to be a scamp, and a very bad one.
To scan the lines of his face, or feel the bumps on the head of this Leviathan; this is a thing which no Physiognomist or Phrenologist has as yet undertaken.
A phrenologist and a mesmerizer came -- and went again and left the village duller and drearier than ever.
During the time the Stangersons lived in America they were very intimate with Arthur Rance, who was one of the most distinguished phrenologists of the new world.
I hear the chuckle of the phrenologists. Theoretic kidnappers and slave-drivers, they esteem each man the victim of another, who winds him round his finger by knowing the law of his being; and by such cheap signboards as the color of his beard or the slope of his occiput, reads the inventory of his fortunes and character.
The constructive or combining power, by which ingenuity is usually manifested, and to which the phrenologists (I believe erroneously) have assigned a separate organ, supposing it a primitive faculty, has been so frequently seen in those whose intellect bordered otherwise upon idiocy, as to have attracted general observation among writers on morals.
An unusual role, a phrenologist measured how intelligent someone was based on the shape of their heads.
Whether phrenologist, elocutionist, audiologist, physiologist, or psychologist, Hall asserts, "the 'fact' of meter's manifestation-whether intended or not--was a productive site of analysis at the intersection of literary and scientific perspectives" (p.
A 19th century court case story of Thomas Guthrie Carr, a notorious, larger-than-life mesmerist, phrenologist, public speaker and some say charlatan.
From the nineteenthcentury scientist Louis Agassiz--founder of Harvard's comparative zoology department, friend to Emerson, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, and collaborator with the phrenologist "fudger" and finagler Samuel George Morton--to the twenty-first-century Harvard student, novelist, and plagiarist Kaavya Viswanathan, Americans have failed to see through bad science, false writings, and other humbug in large part because the misinformation supported racist assumptions and stereotypes.