Countenance meaning

kountə-nəns
The definition of countenance is the look on a face that shows expression.

An example of countenance is wide eyes and a bright smile indicating joy.

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To give support or sanction to; approve or tolerate.
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Appearance, especially the expression of the face.

The question left him with a puzzled countenance.

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The face or facial features.
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To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve.

The college administration will not countenance cheating.

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The look on a person's face that shows one's nature or feelings.
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(obsolete) Bearing; demeanor.
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Calm control; composure.
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Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.
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Favour; support; encouragement.
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To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.

The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.

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The face; facial features; visage.
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in countenance
  • calm; composed
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put out of countenance
  • to cause to lose composure; embarrass; disconcert
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

put out of countenance

Origin of countenance

  • Middle English contenaunce from Old French from contenir to behave contain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman, from Latin contineō (“hold together”).

    From Wiktionary