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'I can read you like a book, baby!'

DEFINITION: v., To read a person's face and interpret what they are actually thinking, even if they are trying to conceal their true feelings. n., The skill of reading people's faces, especially micro-expressions.

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Corrictus

Created by: astorey

Pronunciation: core-ick-tus

Sentence: Suzanne was not known for her poker face, but when her best friend eagerly unzipped a garment bag to reveal a hideous maid of honor dress intended for Suzanne, she tried to hide her horror. In spite of the typical bride narcissism, Tory took one look at Suzanne's corrictus and started to cry.

Etymology: Correct + rictus, which means a facial expression that is an open-mouthed grimace.

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The poofy sleeves, the colour you least suit, the sheer unrewearability of the briddesmaid gown...why oh why do they do it? Do they really think an ugly bridesmaid outfit makes the bride look better??? Think again! - Nosila, 2008-10-17: 00:04:00

metrohumanx Quite jolly! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-17: 06:20:00

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Demeanoreveal

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: de-MEEN-er-ree-veel

Sentence: Carmine had an uncanny ability to glance at another person and within seconds after scanning their countenance could lay out demeanoreveal in great detail and with great accuracy just what that person was thinking at that moment.

Etymology: Blend of demeanor and reveal

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Good word - OZZIEBOB, 2008-10-19: 00:32:00

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Clairavoidance

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: clair-a-voi-dance

Sentence: When Tom saw "that look" on Clair's face he used his powers of clairavoidance to disappear before she had a chance to make him do chores.

Etymology: clairvoyance: the power to perceive objects or events without use of the senses + avoidance: defense mechanism consisting of refusal to encounter unpleasant situations, objects or people

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Faceseelity

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: face/see/li/tee

Sentence: She had an uncanny faceseelity which made her everyone's favourite waitress. When you ordered the fruit salad she knew you really wanted the hot fudge sundae.

Etymology: face + see + facility

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Psykenface

Created by: garythesnail

Pronunciation: SI-ken-face

Sentence: He psykenfaced her.

Etymology: PSYchic+teleKENisis+FACE

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Mugnous

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: Muhg-nouse

Sentence: It seems that even without someone speaking, but just thinking about speaking, Roxie was able to interpret their faciaguile and see through their emociopacity with ease. Call it prosoperspicacity or - in layman's language - mugnous, she could read others like an open book.

Etymology: Mug: n. face of a person:; vb: to mug - to make exaggerated facial expressions. 2. Prosoperspicacious: blend of prosopo (face)& perspicacious (penetrating mental vision or discernment)

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Paraface

Created by: LotusB

Pronunciation: Pear-a-face

Sentence: To paraface her true reaction, Juan ignored Carla's fake smile and searched within her eyes. She was not as happy as she tried to seem.

Etymology: Paraphrase (interpret) + Face (the face) = Paraface

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I like it! - lumina, 2008-10-19: 11:41:00

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Facecracker

Created by: bzav1

Pronunciation: face + cracker

Sentence: There was no use lying to mom. Her skills as a facecracker were beyond compare.

Etymology: like a safe cracker - every great team of bankrobbers needs one

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COMMENTS:

Great word! - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-19: 09:58:00

very nice - yellowbird, 2007-11-19: 10:27:00

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Superfacialcapiting

Created by: Tenajeh

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Graspeculate

Created by: hendrixius

Pronunciation: grass-peck-u-late

Sentence: When the girl flashed Bobby a mischievous smile, he graspeculated that she found his geeky persona irresistible.

Etymology: grasp and speculate

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-19: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101! ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-19: 00:02:00
If you are interested in learning more about face reading and micro-expressions, check out The Naked Face. It's an article written by Malcolm Gladwell which originally appeared New Yorker magazine. ~ James

metrohumanx - 2008-10-16: 06:24:00
Clairvoyant wins lottery for second time!

artr artr - 2008-10-16: 19:13:00
Nobody ever really wants the fruit salad.:-)

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-12: 00:34:00
Today's definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101. ~ James