phrenology NOUN chiefly historical the study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character.
DERIVATIVES phrenologist noun.
ORIGIN from Greek phrn 'mind' .

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  • phrenology — phrenologic /fren l oj ik/, phrenological, adj. phrenologically, adv. phrenologist, n. /fri nol euh jee, fre /, n. a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by …   Universalium

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