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countenance -- as in: a pleasant countenance
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facial expression; or face; or composure
  • She has a pleasant countenance.
  • Her countenance grew stern.
  • the heart of man is written upon his countenance
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

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  • Each of the three expressive countenances expressed the same thought.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Miss Maudie answered: "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • both the frown and the smile passed successively over his countenance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • "Wonderful animal, the good servant. Carries on with an impassive countenance."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ...a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • She was on a roll now, her countenance billowing and moving.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack

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  • ...his countenance is like a lion,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • He examines the countenance of his partner, comparing it carefully with that of each of his opponents.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • His countenance shone with the true spirit of benevolence.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Her countenance changed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • His countenance expressed sympathy and compassion;
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Morrel turned away to conceal the confusion of his countenance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Old Roger Chillingworth knelt down beside him, with a blank, dull countenance, out of which the life seemed to have departed.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Elizabeth admired the command of countenance with which...
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I couldn’t bear to witness her sorrow:  to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes:
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ...a countenance expressive of grief and despair...
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As from your graves rise up, and walk like sprites
    To countenance this horror!
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ...and was shaking her fist at him with a furious countenance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I have never seen him except in the remoter southern seas, and then always at too great a distance to study his countenance.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • And eke when I say Yea, ye say not Nay,
    Neither by word, nor frowning countenance?
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • appearances of uneasiness in his countenance
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I am completely out of countenance.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • A glance, however, at his countenance, convinced me of his perfect sincerity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • a very forbidding countenance
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I raised my eyes to look at my father’s face leaning over mine, to try to discover a smile or something resembling one upon the aged, dried-up countenance.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • ...looking about him with an air of lofty composure, though the anguish that quivered in his faded countenance was far too powerful to be concealed,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And Meg tried to keep her countenance,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • with a quite blissful expression of countenance.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • ...the veil lay heavily on his uplifted countenance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • ...but your countenance testifies that your thoughts on this subject are very much like mine.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Then he turned his wonderful countenance to the sun without a blink of the eyelids, and began to talk.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • He was broad-shouldered and double-jointed, with short curly black hair, and a bluff but not unpleasant countenance, having a mingled air of fun and arrogance.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • what was now lying at his feet, and staring him out of countenance with its big, green, unwinking eyes, was the cat; though certainly one of the largest cats he had ever seen.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • ...he with a smile, though his countenance was uneasy and displeased.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Eleanor’s countenance was dejected,
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Be not deceived: if I have veil’d my look,
    I turn the trouble of my countenance
    Merely upon myself. ...
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Marianne remained perfectly silent, though her countenance betrayed her interest in what was said.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Raven
  • And therefore put I on the countenance
    Of stern commandment.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Lucetta’s countenance lost its sparkle.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • ...after waiting a considerable time for a reply, during which his countenance remained immovable, only there was the faintest conceivable tremor of the white attenuated mouth.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Found you no displeasure in him by word or countenance?
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance;
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • He tried to read in her countenance any disposition of the mistress so recently visited that might reflect upon his case.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
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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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