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MIEN (meen)

Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals one’s personality
Common clues: Demeanor; Air; Carriage;
Appearance; Comportment; Bearing; Look; Personal appearance
Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year
Frequency in English language: 62338 / 86800

Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.” --Edward Dahlberg (1900–1977)

Variations in the physical appearance of humans, known as our looks, are believed by anthropologists to be an important factor in the development of personality and social relations in particular physical attractiveness. There is a relatively low sexual dimorphism between human males and females in comparison with other mammals. However humans are acutely sensitive to variations in physical appearance, some theorize for reasons of evolution. Some differences in human appearance are genetic, others are the result of age or disease, and many are the result of personal adornment.

Some people have traditionally linked some differences in personal appearance such as skeletal shape with race, such as prognathism or elongated stride (but this is a controversial and sensitive matter). Different cultures place different degrees of emphasis on physical appearance and its importance to social status and other phenomena.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Human Physical Appearance”.