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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A now abandoned study of the shape of skull as indicative of the strengths of different faculties.

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  • For example, Dr. Mortimer, a man Holmes and Watson befriend and refer to as a fellow man of science, is an expert in phrenology.
  • The son is a clever young man, and has read a good deal; pleasant, too, in society; but tampers with phrenology, which is unworthy of his father's son.
  • I had to look up "phrenology" too, Doc. fps = can be too much of a good thing.
  • Consequently, there was a rise in various pseudo-sciences such as phrenology, sexology, and eugenics. for more
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