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countenance -- as in: giving countenance
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as in: giving countenance Define
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • We will not countenance torture.
  • They countenance and support terrorism.
  • I shall certainly not do anything to give the impression that I countenance your behaviour.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • This was extravagant and not to be countenanced.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl

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  • ...there was room for wonder why she had countenanced deception at all,
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I have never countenanced an effort ... to disturb the arrangement as originally made, by which various States came into the Union.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • ...affording her their personal protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage...
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I cannot possibly countenance any such inconsistent proceeding,
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • He disagreed with Reb Saunders, yes, but he would countenance no slander against his name or his position.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Ay, sir; that soaks up the King’s countenance, his rewards, his authorities.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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  • But expect no help nor countenance from me.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • It was not that he pitied me but that he felt we were in the same boat for different reasons, and that I could understand his frustration just as he could countenance my withdrawal.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Sethe’s crime was staggering and her pride outstripped even that; but she could not countenance the possibility of sin moving on in the house, unleashed and sassy.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • You must meet my master to countenance my mistress.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • So we are to countenance things and people which we detest, merely because we are not belles and millionaires, are we?
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • But no Court of Justice could countenance such a view.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o’clock and countenance divorce!
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • imploring their countenance as sponsors to the expected child
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He gave him frequent hints, that to adopt the fruits of sin, was to give countenance to it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • ...would render him no countenance or assistance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • ...greatly countenanced by Mr. Richard Jones.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Woncot against Clement Perkes of the hill.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • This idea was countenanced by the strong interest which the physician ever manifested in the young clergyman; he attached himself to him as a parishioner, and sought to win a friendly regard and confidence from his naturally reserved sensibility.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Look now—in all of history men have been taught that killing of men is an evil thing not to be countenanced.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The circumstances countenanced all this; the people believed it; and there the child dragged on an existence, miserable enough even to satisfy us, until a widow lady, residing, then, at Chester, saw the girl by chance, pitied her, and took her home.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • This stern-countenanced invalid was the dread Henry VIII.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • The fitful evasiveness of her manner when the subject was under discussion countenanced the idea.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He would not have imagined that any mother would have countenanced the easy camaraderie that existed between the sexes in Mrs. Ratterer’s home.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • To imprison these men without proof, and starve their kindred, was no harm, for they were merely peasants and subject to the will and pleasure of their lord, no matter what fearful form it might take; but for these men to break out of unjust captivity was insult and outrage, and a thing not to be countenanced by any conscientious person who knew his duty to his sacred caste.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Is it because they tend to disorder in Government, as countenancing Rebellion, or Sedition? then let them be silenced, and the Teachers punished by vertue of his power to whom the care of the Publique quiet is committed; which is the Authority Civill.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • But however little this objection may be countenanced, even by precedents among ourselves, it may be satisfactory to take a nearer view of its intrinsic merits.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It is the parsimonious conduct of democracy towards its principal officers which has countenanced a supposition of far more economical propensities than any which it really possesses.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • His obscure tenacity on that point had in it something incomprehensible and a little awful; something, as it were, mystical, quite apart from his anxiety that he should not be suspected of "countenancing any doings of that sort."
    Joseph Conrad  --  The Secret Sharer
  • …always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals, that under circumstances in which the passions, agitated in every direction, were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not unfrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts, and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • Mr. Brooke, who had before heard only imperfect hints of it, and was very uneasy that he had "gone a little too far" in countenancing Bulstrode, now got himself fully informed, and felt some benevolent sadness in talking to Mr. Farebrother about the ugly light in which Lydgate had come to be regarded.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • On several occasions, and much against the mood of his parents, who never countenanced such exhibitions of temper, he had stopped to fight with one or another of these boys.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Perhaps from some little sense of having countenanced an indefensible proceeding, perhaps because it was late, the customers thinned away from the tent shortly after this episode.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She then ripped up the story of Molly Seagrim, and gave the most malicious turn to his formerly quitting Sophia herself; which, I must confess, the present incident not a little countenanced.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • And after some more general discourse on this head, which I own I could not forbear countenancing, at last, after much previous precaution and enjoined concealment, she communicated to me, as a profound secret—that my husband kept a mistress.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Mrs. Norris, whose attachment seemed to augment with the demerits of her niece, would have had her received at home and countenanced by them all.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • The knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Then, too, the people were countenanced, if not encouraged, in relaxing the severe and close application to their various modes of rugged industry, which at all other times, seemed of the same piece and material with their religion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • If that rebellion Came like itself, in base and abject routs, Led on by bloody youth, guarded with rags, And countenanced by boys and beggary, I say, if damn’d commotion so appear’d, In his true, native, and most proper shape, You, reverend father, and these noble lords Had not been here, to dress the ugly form Of base and bloody insurrection With your fair honours.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Had the States complied punctually with the articles of Confederation, or could their compliance have been enforced by as peaceable means as may be used with success towards single persons, our past experience is very far from countenancing an opinion, that the State governments would have lost their constitutional powers, and have gradually undergone an entire consolidation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Now for the Worship of Saints, and Images, and Reliques, and other things at this day practised in the Church of Rome, I say they are not allowed by the Word of God, not brought into the Church of Rome, from the Doctrine there taught; but partly left in it at the first conversion of the Gentiles; and afterwards countenanced, and confirmed, and augmented by the Bishops of Rome.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • No Pretence Of Private Spirit Against The Religion Of Abraham From whence proceedeth another point, that it was not unlawfull for Abraham, when any of his Subjects should pretend Private Vision, or Spirit, or other Revelation from God, for the countenancing of any doctrine which Abraham should forbid, or when they followed, or adhered to any such pretender, to punish them; and consequently that it is lawfull now for the Soveraign to punish any man that shall oppose his Private Spirit…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • 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.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • …and modestly but firmly expressed his hope that the good old gentleman would, under such circumstances as he described, hold him justified in adopting the extreme course of interfering between parent and child, and upholding the latter in his disobedience; even though his horror and dread of his father might seem, and would doubtless be represented as, a thing so repulsive and unnatural, as to render those who countenanced him in it, fit objects of general detestation and abhorrence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In my time whist was thought an undeniable amusement for a good churchman," said Mrs. Farebrother, innocent of the meaning that whist had for her son, and speaking rather sharply, as at some dangerous countenancing of new doctrine.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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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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