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face′a•ble, adj.

syn: face. countenance. visage refer to the front of the (usu. human) head. face is used when referring to physical features: a pretty face with high cheekbones. countenance. a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals a person's state of mind; hence, it often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. visage. still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, esp. as revealing a person's character: a stern visage .


  1. A beautiful face … cut as clear and sharp as a cameo —Jack London
  2. Angular face, sharp as the face of the knave in a deck —George Garrett
  3. A bulky white face like that of a Mother Superior —Frank Swinnerton
  4. The countenance is the title page which heralds the contents of the human volume, but like other title pages it sometimes puzzles, often misleads, and often says nothing to the purpose —William Matthews
  5. A desolate, cratered face, sooty with care like an abandoned mining town —Joseph Heller
  6. A dry energetic face which seemed to press forward with the spring of his prominent features, as though it were the weapon with which he cleared his way through the world —Edith Wharton
  7. Face … as broad and plain as a tin pie pan —Jean Thompson
  8. A face as creased and limited as her conversation —Hortense Calisher
  9. Face … as creased and brown as a walnut —Margaret Millar
  10. Face … bunched up like a fist —Jonathan Valin
  11. Face … changeable as an autumn sky —John O’Connor
  12. Face … clean as a china plate —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  13. Face clear as a cloud —Arthur A. Cohen
  14. Face crumpled as if it had been left out in the rain —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  15. Face … doughy, like a fresh baking of bread just put out to rise —Paul J. Wellman
  16. Face … dry and immobile, like a mummy’s —Ignazio Silone
  17. Face … has the compressed appearance, as though someone had squeezed his head in a vise —Woolcott Gibbs, about Thomas Dewey 1940 campaign
  18. Face … heavy as a sack —Honoré de Balzac
  19. Face … heavy, as if little bags of sand had been painlessly sewn into various parts of it, dragging the features away from the bones —Kingsley Amis
  20. A face in many planes, as if the carver had whittled and modelled and indented to see how far he could go —Willa Cather
  21. Face is like the Milky Way in the sky —Sir John Suckling
  22. Face … its beauty fortuitous like that of a Puritan woman leaning over the washtub —Walker Percy
  23. Face lean as a hatchet —William Beechcroft
  24. Face like a pie … out of the oven too soon —William Faulkner
  25. A face like a 16-oz. boxing glove —Harry Prince
  26. Face … like a badly packed suitcase —Jimmy Sangster
  27. Face like a bad orange —Joyce Cary
  28. a beaked bird —James Joyce
  29. Face like a benediction —Miguel de Cervantes
  30. Face like a butcher’s block —Frank O’Connor
  31. Face … like a fiddle and everyone who sees him must love him —Anon Irish saying

Carl Sandburg who had a penchant for incorporating familiar similes into his work, quoted this in his poem, New Hampshire Again .

  • (A pale flat woman with a) face like a fillet of flounder —Helen Hudson
  • Face like a knotty whorl in the bark of a hoary olive tree —Amos Oz
  • Face … like a mail-order ax —William H. Gass
  • A face like a Mediterranean Lolita —Carol Ascher
  • Face like an anemic cat’s —Colette
  • Face like an old purse —Mary Hedin
  • (A little brown monkey of a man with) a face like a nut —Ruth Rendell
  • Face like a peeled beet —Hanoch Bartov
  • Face like a picture of a knight, like one of that Round Table bunch —O. Henry
  • Face … like a piece of the out-of-doors come indoors: as holly-berries do —D. H. Lawrence
  • Face … like a pillow that has been much but badly slept on —Romain Gary
  • Face … like a predatory bird, beaked, grim-lipped —Wallace Stegner
  • Face like a raisin cookie. Eyes set wide apart and shallow —Donald McCaig
  • A face like a rock —Thomas Carlyle

    Carlyle thus described his publisher, Frederic Henry Hedge.

  • Face like a sack of flour —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Face like a sallow bust on a bracket in a university library —Edith Wharton
  • Face like a shell —Ellen Gilchrist
  • Face like a slab of corned beef —Oakley Hall
  • Face like a small pale mask —William Faulkner
  • Face like a sodden pie —Edgar Lee Masters
  • A face like a very expensive cat —Josephine Tey
  • Face like a very ripe peach —Christopher Isherwood
  • Face like lean old glove leather —Richard Ford
  • Face … like the cement in an old cellar, rough irregular lines lying thick and lumpy along a hard white surface —Charles Johnson
  • Face like the soul’s awakening —P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her big powdered face was set like an egg in a cup in the frilly high-necked blouse —John Dos Passos
  • (He had) a face like the statue of some Victorian industrialist, heavy and firm and deeply lined, giving an impression of stern willingness —John Braine
  • A face like Walt Disney’s idea of a grandfather —William Mcllvanney
  • Face like warm baked clay —C. J. Koch
  • Face

    looked like a white blown-out paper bag —V. S. Pritchett

  • Face … massive as a piece of sculpture —Harvey Swados
  • Face ravaged as the dimmest memories of the past … creased and flabby, like an old bag —Kingsley Amis
  • Face red, swollen, like an overripe fruit —Graham Swift
  • Face sagged, as if its fleshy sub-structure had dried up —McKinlay Kantor
  • Faces bunched like fists —Irving Feldman
  • Faces harder than a rock —The Holy Bible/Jeremiah
  • Face shimmering and flat as the moon —Diane Wakoski
  • Face … shines in the darkness like a thin moon —Erich Maria Remarque
  • Face short and blunt as a cat’s —M. J. Farrell
  • Faces like dark boxes of secrets and desires … locked safely, like old-fashioned caskets for the safe conduct of jewels on a voyage —Eudora Welty
  • (Young neat unscratched boys with) faces like the bottoms of new saucers —Charles Bukowski
  • Face like flint —The Holy Bible/Isaiah
  • Face smooth and intent like a man listening to music —Ross Macdonald
  • Face smooth and timeless as a portrait in a darkened gallery —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Face … smooth, calculated, and precision-made, like an expensive baby doll —Ken Kesey
  • Face … smooth like a balmy sky where there’s peace —Helga Sandburg
  • Face … soft and withered as an apple doll —Sue Grafton
  • Face so grimed with dirt it looked like a brown leather mask —John Dos Passos
  • Face … so old that it looked as if the flesh had been polished away —Ellen Glasgow
  • Face sparkles like a diamond (at mention of favorite topic-collecting) —Honoré de Balzac
  • Faces ruddy and wrinkled like old apples —Margaret Bhatty
  • Faces shimmered like they were coming out of water —Jayne Anne Phillips
  • Face … strong, like Greek statuary —Sue Grafton
  • Faces were like the faces of lions —The Holy Bible/Kings
  • A face that looked as if it had been left out on the fire escape for over half a century —Rex Stout
  • A face that resembled a diseased cauliflower —Miles Gibson
  • A face that seemed sometimes as intimidating as a clenched fist —Frank Tuohy
  • Face thin as a desert saint’s —Z. Vance Wilson
  • Face thrust forward like a hatchet —Oakley Hall
  • Face twitched like a snapping rubber band —James Lee Burke
  • (The old woman’s) face was like a worn rock at which all the waves of life had smashed and beaten —Thomas Wolfe
  • Face was very like a crow —Lewis Carroll
  • Face … wizened as an old potato —Ignazio Silone
  • (One day his) face would collapse, like that of a beautiful woman who suddenly abandons the pretense and concedes defeat —Harvey Swados
  • Face … wound up like a spring —Alan Sillitoe
  • Features … a little like a Roman emperor side-face —A. A. Milne
  • Features … a little like a Roman emperor side-face —A. A. Milne
  • Features … dark and indistinct, as if they’d been rubbed with a dirty eraser —Alice McDermott
  • A flat face like an imprint in some thick, warm tar —Robie Macauley
  • Flat white face, like a pillow with eyes —Richard Connell
  • Front face she was shapeless like poorly impressed sealing-wax —Julia O’Faolain
  • Her face had filled out into two little puffs of vanity on either side of her mouth, as if she were eating or were containing a yawn —V. S. Pritchett
  • Her face had rounded with flesh that closed in about her eyes like a dough doll’s —Will Weaver
  • Her face, pinched from the cold, made her look like a young girl in the Depression of the thirties —Penelope Gilliatt
  • Her face was like an old brown bowl —Thomas Wolfe
  • His countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible —The Holy Bible/Judges
  • His face was as … the sun —The Holy Bible/Revelation
  • His face, with its thick crude lines … and large mouth, gave him the appearance of a slightly refined monkey —H. E. Bates
  • His unkempt face hung like a bad smell over his dirty clothes —James Crumley
  • Intense aquiline profile, like the prow of a boat straining forward from too close a fastening —Ruth Suckow
  • Looked like a miniature beside a portrait in oils —Honoré de Balzac
  • Old slightly wizened face, like minor characters in novels of whom one is told that ‘they might have been any age from 20 to 50’ —Edward Marsh
  • A profile like a bread knife —Harvey Swados
  • A profile like a set of keys and a nose like a bicycle seat —Joey Adams
  • Profile … like the blade of a knife, cold and sharp —Honoré de Balzac
  • A round coarse face like a pomegranate —Frank Swinnerton
  • Round red face shone like freshly washed china —Katherine Mansfield
  • A sly, pointed face with something vixen in it, the look of a child evacuee who had lost his parents and grown up too fast —Penelope Gilliatt
  • They had long tired faces. Their yawns, snapping and unsnapping their jaws, made them look like horses —Boris Pasternak
  • A thin face, pointed as a paper knife —Helen Hudson

    The man thus described in Hudson’s story, The Tenant. is trying to pry information out of a troubled woman. The author built upon the paper knife comparison by adding “Ready to slit her open.”

  • Weather beaten face, like it was smoked and cured —George Garrett
  • Wild faces like men hopped up on dope —George Garrett
  • face

    Past participle: faced


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