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as in: giving countenance Define
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o’clock and countenance divorce!
  • There was nothing on earth that the Wellands and Mingotts would not have done to proclaim their unalterable affection for the Countess Olenska now that her passage for Europe was engaged; and Archer, at the head of his table, sat marvelling at the silent untiring activity with which her popularity had been retrieved, grievances against her silenced, her past countenanced, and her present irradiated by the family approval.

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  • We will not countenance torture.
  • They countenance and support terrorism.

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as in: a pleasant countenance Define
facial expression; or face; or composure
  • After that there was still time to review, one by one, the familiar countenances in the first rows;

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  • She has a pleasant countenance.
  • Her countenance grew stern.

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  • On his face it became a mild benevolence which Mrs. Archer’s countenance dutifully reflected.
  • Mrs. Archer drew her embroidery out of the basket into which she had nervously tumbled it, and Newland, leaning against the chimney-place and twisting a humming-bird-feather screen in his hand, saw Janey’s gaping countenance lit up by the coming of the second lamp.

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  • Newland Archer could not pretend to anything approaching the young English actor’s romantic good looks, and Miss Dyas was a tall red-haired woman of monumental build whose pale and pleasantly ugly face was utterly unlike Ellen Olenska’s vivid countenance.
  • , with a final burst of love triumphant, as she pressed the dishevelled daisy to her lips and lifted her large eyes to the sophisticated countenance of the little brown Faust-Capoul, who was vainly trying, in a tight purple velvet doublet and plumed cap, to look as pure and true as his artless victim.
  • "So you DID get here, after all?" he exclaimed, casting a wondering eye on the astute and haggard little countenance of young Carfry’s French tutor.
  • He saw his blush more darkly reflected in M. Riviere’s sallow countenance.
  • "Yes, it would be more becoming in Regina to hide her own countenance than to talk about other people’s," Mrs. Lovell Mingott agreed.
  • "Such things have to be, I suppose, as long as AMUSEMENT is what people go out for; but I’ve never quite forgiven your cousin Madame Olenska for being the first person to countenance Mrs. Struthers."
  • He caught but a flash of it, for his pacings had carried him to the farthest point of his beat, and it was in turning back to the hotel that he saw, in a group of typical countenances—the lank and weary, the round and surprised, the lantern-jawed and mild—this other face that was so many more things at once, and things so different.
  • The room looked at him like an alien countenance composed into a polite grimace; and he perceived that it had been ruthlessly "tidied," and prepared, by a judicious distribution of ash-trays and cedar-wood boxes, for the gentlemen to smoke in.

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  • It would never have occurred to Grandmamma Spicer to ask the family to ’countenance’ her, as I understand Regina calls it; though a private disgrace is nothing compared to the scandal of ruining hundreds of innocent people."

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as in: a pleasant countenance Define
facial expression; or face; or composure
as in: giving countenance Define
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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