I have read the meanings for 面子 but I would like to know if maybe it can also mean 顔, the physical face maybe used as a slang.
For example, 「ヒデェ面子だ」can only mean "awful people (members)?"
On this website with synonyms it says 「外から見たものの様子のこと」and there are synonyms like 外見, 姿, 容貌.
It cannot be used to refer to the physical face at all?

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No, it cannot mean/indicate physical face, as far as I aware.

That synonyms are really just for "外から見たものの様子のこと", and that's also why there's "メンツ・面子" is in that synonyms list (Also in 世間の風評, 会合や事業などに参加する人々のこと.)

The only real synonyms I can think of for 面子 is "面目" and "体面" for "save/lose face", "prestige", and "顔触れ" for members.

  • I see...So it cannot be used to refer to the physical face. I thought that it was possible because of what I have seen in the manga that I read. There was a group but some manga panels focused on one person, who was being stared at by another person. The friend of the person who was staring made that comment ヒデェ面子だ so I was like "Is he talking about the group or that particular person? I mean why were those panels focused on one person?" And that's why I thought it meant "face". Commented Nov 1, 2021 at 10:23
  • @AliceB.Rabbit 面子 in ヒデェ面子だ refers to the whole "lineup" (of a team/group), not individual appearances or personalities. The sentence means they are useless as a whole (even if some of the members may be decent if seen individually).
    – naruto
    Commented Nov 1, 2021 at 17:43
  • @AliceB.Rabbit I don't know for sure but maybe that person is like a leader of that group? Or the author was just lazy to write all of members...?
    – Skye-AT
    Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 1:11
  • @skye-at Thank you for the help. So, the word isn't slang for the physical face... Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:27
  • @naruto Thank you! It would seem that the word can't be used to say "face"...I asked because of those synonyms I found on that website which I linked in my post. The character in the manga I read speaks colloquially, so I thought it was a possibility that it could have meant something like "ugly mug" for example. Commented Nov 2, 2021 at 13:31

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