Synonyms of face in English:

face


See definition of face

noun

1‘she has a beautiful face’

SYNONYMS
countenance, physiognomy, profile, features
informal mug, kisser, clock
British informal mush, dial, phizog, phiz
British rhyming slang boat race
Scottish, Irish informal coupon
Northern Irish informal bake
North American informal puss, pan
literary visage, lineaments
archaic front

2‘her face grew sad again’

SYNONYMS
expression, facial expression, look, appearance, air, manner, bearing, countenance, guise, cast, aspect, impression
formal mien

3‘he made a face at the sourness of the drink’

SYNONYMS
grimace, scowl, wry face, wince, frown, glower, smirk, pout, moue

4‘a cube has six faces’

SYNONYMS
side, aspect, flank, vertical, surface, plane, facet, wall, elevation
front, frontage, facade
slope

5‘the face of a watch’

SYNONYMS
dial, display

6‘a number of dramatic events changed the face of the industry’

SYNONYMS
appearance, outward appearance, aspect, air, nature, image

7‘he put on a brave face for his audience’

SYNONYMS
front, show, display, act, appearance, false front, facade, exterior, guise, mask, masquerade, pretence, charade, pose, illusion, smokescreen, veneer, camouflage

8‘criticism, if it is to be constructive, should never cause the recipient to lose face’

SYNONYMS
respect, honour, esteem, regard, admiration, approbation, acclaim, approval, favour, appreciation, popularity, estimation, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, recognition, prestige, standing, status, dignity, glory, kudos, cachet, image
self-respect, self-esteem, self-image

9‘they had the face to upbraid others’

SYNONYMS
effrontery, audacity, nerve, gall, brazenness, brashness, shamelessness
defiance, boldness, temerity, impudence, impertinence, insolence, presumption, presumptuousness, forwardness, cheek, cheekiness
impoliteness, unmannerliness, bad manners, rudeness
informal brass, brass neck, neck, cockiness
British informal sauce
Scottish informal snash
North American informal sass, sassiness, chutzpah
informal, dated hide
British informal, dated crust

verb

1‘the hotel faces the sea’

SYNONYMS
look out on, front on to, look towards, be facing, afford a view of, command a view of, have a view of, look across, look over, open out over, look on to, overlook, give on to, give over, be opposite, be opposite to
ANTONYMS

back on to

2‘you'll just have to face facts’

SYNONYMS
accept, come to accept, become reconciled to, reconcile oneself to, reach an acceptance, reach an acceptance of, get used to, become accustomed to, adjust to, accommodate oneself to, acclimatize oneself to
learn to live with, cope with, deal with, come to terms with, get to grips with, become resigned to, make the best of
confront, meet head-on
ANTONYMS

dodge

3‘he is likely to face a humiliating rejection’

SYNONYMS
be confronted by, be faced with, encounter, experience, come into contact with, run into, come across, meet, come up against, be forced to contend with

4‘those are the problems that face our police force’

SYNONYMS
beset, worry, distress, cause trouble to, trouble, bother, confront, burden
harass, oppress, vex, irritate, exasperate, strain, stress, tax
torment, plague, blight, bedevil, rack, smite, curse, harrow
rare discommode

5‘though unprepared for such a challenge, he faced it boldly’

SYNONYMS
brave, face up to, encounter, meet, meet head-on, confront, dare, defy, oppose, resist, withstand
ANTONYMS

succumb to

6usually be faced with‘a low, curving wall faced with flint’

SYNONYMS
cover, clad, veneer, skin, overlay, surface, dress, pave, put a facing on, laminate, inlay, plate, coat, line

Phrases

    on the face of it

    ‘on the face of it, the government's decision is the height of folly’


    SYNONYMS

    ostensibly, to the casual eye, at face value, to all appearances, from appearances, to go by appearances, to judge by appearances, to all intents and purposes, at first glance, on the surface, superficially

    apparently, seemingly, evidently, outwardly, it seems, it seems that, it would seem, it would seem that, it appears, it appears that, it would appear, it would appear that, as far as one knows, as far as one can see, as far as one can tell, by all accounts, so it seems

    so the story goes, so I'm told, so it appears, so it seems, so it would appear, so it would seem

    allegedly, supposedly, reputedly

    face to face

    ‘the two men stood face to face’


    SYNONYMS

    facing, facing each other, confronting, confronting each other, opposite, opposite each other, across from each other, opposing, opposing each other

    informal

    eyeball to eyeball, eyeball to eyeball with

    fly in the face of

    ‘this flies in the face of the facts’


    SYNONYMS

    go against, flout, defy, disobey, refuse to obey, rebel against, thumb one's nose at, disregard, ignore, set one's face against, kick against

    break, violate, contravene, breach, infringe

    informal

    cock a snook at

    archaic

    set at naught

    ANTONYMS

    obey

    face down

    ‘he faced down his harshest critic’


    SYNONYMS

    stand up to, outface, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy