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Definitions of countenance

  1. give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face'; `phiz' is British) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To make a show of; to pretend. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. The face; the expression; appearance; support. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To support; encourage; favor. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. The face: the expression of the face: appearance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. To favor or approve. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. The face; expression of the features; approval; support. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To approve; patronise. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To approve; encourage; abet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. The face; expression; aspect; approval; support. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. The face, visage, look, aspect, or expression of the face; favour; patronage; encouragement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To favour; to encourage. To keep the countenance, to preserve a calm, composed, or natural look, unruffled by feeling. In countenance, with an assured confident look. Out of countenance, confounded; abashed. To put out of countenance, to cause the countenance to fall; to abash. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. The whole external appearance of the body; the features of the human face; look; favour; goodwill; support. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To favour; to support; to encourage; to aid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. kown'ten-ans, n. the face: the expression of the face: appearance.--v.t. to favour or approve.--n. COUN'TENANCER.--CHANGE COUNTENANCE, to change the expression of the face; HIS COUNTENANCE FELL, he became dejected or angry; IN COUNTENANCE, unabashed--opp. to Out of countenance. [O. Fr. contenance--L. continentia, restraint, demeanour--L. contin[=e]re, to contain.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. The from of the face. The system of the features. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  23. Expression of face, as change one\'s c. (from emotion), keep one\'s c., maintain composure, esp., refrain from laughing; face; composure, as put out of c., disconcert, keep (person) in c. (usu. by show of support). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. Sanction (act); encourage (person, practice, person in practice). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. [French] Outline or external visage of a body; —appearance or expression of the face; look; aspect; —the face; the features; —approving aspect; favour; encouragement. Cabinet Dictionary
  26. The form of the face, the system of the features, air, look; confidence of mien, aspect of assurance; affectation or ill-will, as it appears upon the face; patronage, support. Complete Dictionary
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