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as in: a pleasant countenance Define
facial expression; or face; or composure
  • She has a pleasant countenance.
  • Her countenance grew stern.

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  • 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
  • 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: giving countenance Define
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • We will not countenance torture.
  • They countenance and support terrorism.

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  • 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
  • ...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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  • "Dear neighbour," said the girl, with the most solemn countenance of a child playing at keeping shop, "what tobacco is it you would like?"
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • And she burst out laughing, to put herself in countenance.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera

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  • Joy was visible on every countenance.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Rather than countenance the murder of children, he told Robert to find himself another Hand.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • A tentative list of the material requirements for this assignment lay on the conference table, surrounded by many grave countenances.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • The back of the king’s hand connected with Dorian’s cheek, and the prince staggered, but regained his countenance.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Her full-cheeked countenance creased with concern.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My life had hitherto been remarkably secluded and domestic, and this had given me invincible repugnance to new countenances.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Looked at from a distance, however, the hen resolved itself into a bonnet, and the countenance of a stout old lady beamed down into the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • Affected by the solemnity of the scene, there was a wondering gaze of incredulous curiosity in his countenance.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Ay, sir; we did sleep day out of countenance, and made the night light with drinking.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • My lord, Go then; and with a countenance as clear As friendship wears at feasts, keep with Bohemia And with your queen: I am his cupbearer.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • CHAPTER V This was a gentleman no longer young, of a stiff and portly appearance, and a cautious and sour countenance.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Nay, Celia, that is too much to ask, that I should wear trinkets to keep you in countenance.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Upon this, the hurgo and his train withdrew, with much civility and cheerful countenances.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • First came Marya Dmitrievna and the count, both with merry countenances.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You human forms with the fathomless ever-impressive countenances of brutes!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • See, your own shape and countenance, persons, substances, beasts, the trees, the running rivers, the rocks and sands.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Scrooge’s countenance fell almost as low as the Ghost’s had done.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Two youths with foolish and cheery countenances were being piloted over, and she threw at them the same quick glance of unconcerned wisdom.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Not these countenances, I am sure," looking towards the Miss Bertrams; "and for a theatre, what signifies a theatre?
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • She was not ugly; she had simply a plain, dull, gentle countenance.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • There rested no shadow of care upon his open countenance.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • His countenance at this time bore traces of something that testified unmistakably to the life he had led.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His countenance was a true picture of his soul.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Miss Bart’s countenance did not reflect the smile.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • My heart was then ill at ease, but my smiling countenance did not betray it.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • One of them, labouring under intense bashfulness, was very young, and with his smooth, yellow, cheery countenance looked even younger than he was.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Calmly seated in their places, mothers with forbidding countenances were wearing red turbans.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • His infantile countenance was livid with fury.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Thou hast the same hair, the same eyes, the same voice and manner, the same form and stature, the same face and countenance that I bear.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Their smudged countenances now expressed a profound dejection.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • As with some persons who have long lived apart, solitude seemed to look out of its countenance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • This never showed so much in anything he said as in a certain solemnity of countenance and the silent manner in which he slopped about.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I could see them silently asking each other how I was to be kept in countenance, how I was to be kept quiet.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • A gravity mingled with gloom was imprinted on his countenance.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Behind that dopey countenance, a complex intelligence operated.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Mrs Waverly’s emotion was obviously genuine, but it assorted strangely with her shrewd, rather hard type of countenance.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • The stony obduracy shattered and what shone through was the countenance of an insanely angry child.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • In the Durbeyfield countenances there was nothing of the red wrath that would have burnt upon the girl from parents more ambitious for her welfare.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Though he was a stranger to her she accepted his offer of a seat beside him, ignoring that its motive was a mere tribute to her countenance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • His eyes never left the placid countenance.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Next, there was the passive countenance of Julian, dark hair hanging long, blue eyes containing neither passion nor compassion.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • A thin line of beard along his jawline served to accent the sharpness of his countenance as surely as blood on a knife blade.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His countenance was resigned.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Why did Galbatorix countenance my father’s torture?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Must I find a hag to show you your mortal countenance now if I had let you alone?
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • One time, she and Adam took along a little kid, a neighbor of hers, to give the Number a family countenance.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • 14:20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
    The Bible  --  Job
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