transitive verb-·nanced, -·nanc·ing
- to make ashamed or embarrassed; disconcert
- to refuse approval or support to; discourage
Origin of discountenancedis- + countenance
transitive verbdis·coun·te·nanced, dis·coun·te·nanc·ing, dis·coun·te·nanc·es
- To view or treat with disfavor.
- To put out of countenance; disconcert.
(third-person singular simple present discountenances, present participle discountenancing, simple past and past participle discountenanced)
From Middle French descontenancer (compare French décontenancer).