Grimace  

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Old Toothless Man The image depicts the mechanics of facial expression while Duchenne and an assistant faradize the mimetic muscles of "The Old Man"
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The image depicts the mechanics of facial expression while Duchenne and an assistant faradize the mimetic muscles of "The Old Man"

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A grimace is a facial expression. It is a distortion of the countenance, whether habitual, from affectation, or momentary and occasional, to express some feeling, as contempt, disapprobation, complacency, disgust, disapproval and pain; a smirk; a made-up face.

Etymology

From French fr, from Middle French frm, from Old French grimace, grimuche, from grime (“mask”), from Old Frankish *grīma (“mask”), from Proto-Germanic *grīmô (“mask, helmet”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- (“to stroke, rub”). Cognate with Old English grīma (“mask, visor, helmet, spectre, apparition”). More at grime.

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