toggle menu
1000+ books

in a sentence
grouped by contextual meaning

countenance as in:  a pleasant countenance

show 10 more with this conextual meaning
  • Her countenance grew stern.
    countenance = facial expression
  • Miss Maudie answered: "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance!"   (source)
  • One word or look from you ... and I'll tear the countenance from the front of your head.   (source)
    countenance = face or facial expression
  • Quite plainly he had a distaste for the duty at hand, but his stern soldierly countenance did not soften.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • She was on a roll now, her countenance billowing and moving.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or face
  • Bibwit came forward with beaming countenance and took both her hands in his.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • He looked at me with a confused expression on his countenance and...   (source)
    countenance = face
  • She had a stern countenance and was critical-looking.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • He tried to read in her countenance any disposition of the mistress so recently visited that might reflect upon his case.   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    countenance = composure
▲ show less (of above)
show 89 more with this conextual meaning
  • The four pigs waited, trembling, with guilt written on every line of their countenances.   (source)
    countenances = faces
  • "Wonderful animal, the good servant. Carries on with an impassive countenance."   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or composure
  • 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.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • But the hope faded when she saw Diana's dejected countenance.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • Mina struggled hard to keep her brave countenance, but the pain overmastered her and she put her hands before her face, and shuddered whilst she moaned.   (source)
  • After that there was still time to review, one by one, the familiar countenances in the first rows;   (source)
    countenances = faces
  • Each of the three expressive countenances expressed the same thought.   (source)
  • with a quite blissful expression of countenance.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • Then he turned his wonderful countenance to the sun without a blink of the eyelids, and began to talk.   (source)
  • ...a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile;   (source)
    countenance = face; or facial expression
  • Tom's countenance darkened, for his memory reverted to his kicking.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • And Meg tried to keep her countenance,   (source)
    countenance = composure (or face or facial expression)
  • Old Roger Chillingworth knelt down beside him, with a blank, dull countenance, out of which the life seemed to have departed.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • ...all their countenances expressed displeasure,   (source)
    countenances = facial expressions
  • ...a countenance expressive of grief and despair...   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • A glance, however, at his countenance, convinced me of his perfect sincerity.   (source)
  • I have never seen him except in the remoter southern seas, and then always at too great a distance to study his countenance.   (source)
  • I couldn't bear to witness her sorrow:  to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes:   (source)
  • His countenance expressed sympathy and compassion;   (source)
  • His countenance remained unmoved;   (source)
  • 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.   (source)
    countenance = face or facial expression
  • Elizabeth admired the command of countenance with which...   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • ...his countenance is like a lion,   (source)
    countenance = face, facial expression; or composure
  • The countenances of many a parishioner reflected shock and insult, as if the Lord Jesus had just spat in their faces—to deem them sacrilegious.†   (source)
  • She spoke defiantly, but her terrified glance barely raised itself to the menacing countenances of the two men on the other side of the lounge, and fell at once.†   (source)
  • News to "enliven our countenances," the Tory historian Edward Gibbon called it.†   (source)
  • A tentative list of the material requirements for this assignment lay on the conference table, surrounded by many grave countenances.†   (source)
  • When she began to look at people's actual countenances there was no more familiarity in the world for her.†   (source)
  • Boxer looked at Napoleon to know whether he should crush the dog to death or let it go. Napoleon appeared to change countenance, and sharply ordered Boxer to let the dog go, whereat Boxer lifted his hoof, and the dog slunk away, bruised and howling.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • she seated herself with a beaming countenance beside her visitor.   (source)
  • His countenance shone with the true spirit of benevolence.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or face
  • look upon the countenances of those who entered   (source)
    countenances = faces
  • ...fixing her eyes with a searching look on his countenance,   (source)
    countenance = face
  • Scrooge's countenance fell almost as low as the Ghost's had done.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • Captain Harville was a tall, dark man, with a sensible, benevolent countenance;   (source)
  • ...and was shaking her fist at him with a furious countenance.   (source)
  • By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,   (source)
    countenance = facial expression (and posture and other visible features)
  • both the frown and the smile passed successively over his countenance.   (source)
    countenance = face or facial expression
  • ...the veil lay heavily on his uplifted countenance.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • with the faintest trace of a grin lingering in his countenance.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • ...hid her countenance in her apron to conceal her tears;   (source)
    countenance = face
  • ...but your countenance testifies that your thoughts on this subject are very much like mine.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • It lighted up the calm and unmoved countenance of Hans.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or face
  • Morrel turned away to conceal the confusion of his countenance.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • ...he with a smile, though his countenance was uneasy and displeased.   (source)
  • As I looked on him, his countenance expressed the utmost extent of malice and treachery.   (source)
  • His countenance, in this repose, was mild and kindly.   (source)
  • Because I want to read your countenance — turn!   (source)
  • Miss Crawford's countenance, as Julia spoke, might have amused a disinterested observer.   (source)
  • As the trial had proceeded, her countenance had altered.   (source)
  • Why do you smile, Jane? What does that inexplicable, that uncanny turn of countenance mean?   (source)
  • They were no sooner in the hall than all restraint of countenance was over on Miss Crawford's side.   (source)
    countenance = composure
  • No mortal could support the horror of that countenance.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • I saw her change countenance. She turned extremely red. I imagined I saw a mixture of many feelings:   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • I don't know what sphynx-like expression is forming in your countenance.   (source)
  • I could not stand your countenance dressed up in woe and paleness.   (source)
  • Mr. Rochester, reading my countenance, saw I had done so.   (source)
  • She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death.   (source)
  • His countenance reminded one of a lamp quenched, waiting to be re-lit — and alas!   (source)
  • Mr. Kirwin regarded me with a troubled countenance.   (source)
  • And he sat down with a most gloomy countenance by Fanny.   (source)
  • Your complexion is so improved!—and you have gained so much countenance!   (source)
    countenance = impressive manner (perhaps attractive facial expression)
  • As I spoke, a dark gloom spread over my listener's countenance.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • She had, I thought, a remarkable countenance, instinct both with power and goodness.   (source)
  • ...her countenance, as she spoke, had extraordinary animation;   (source)
  • It is her countenance that is so attractive.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • When Julia looked back, it was with a countenance of delight,   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • With woeful countenances they looked at each other.   (source)
    countenances = facial expressions
  • For long, we said nothing; marching alongside or one behind the other, each with a set countenance: I, angry and proud ... Alan angry and ashamed,   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • Peter was always proud afterwards when he remembered that, with the Bargee's furious fingers tightening on his ear, the Bargee's crimson countenance close to his own, the Bargee's hot breath on his neck, he had the courage to speak the truth.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or face
  • She was as angry with herself as with Anne, because, whenever she recalled Mrs. Rachel's dumbfounded countenance her lips twitched with amusement and she felt a most reprehensible desire to laugh.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • ...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,   (source)
  • Fanny's feelings on the occasion were such as she believed herself incapable of expressing; but her countenance and a few artless words fully conveyed all their gratitude and delight, and her cousin began to find her an interesting object.   (source)
  • ...in whose countenance disappointment and rage were struggling with the affected composure of his station,   (source)
  • Her countenance changed.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression; or face
  • He examines the countenance of his partner, comparing it carefully with that of each of his opponents.   (source)
  • Lucetta's countenance lost its sparkle.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • with grim countenances   (source)
    countenances = facial expressions
  • ...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.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • The traits of character here indicated were well represented in the square cast of countenance and large physical development of the new colonial magistrates.   (source)
    countenance = face
  • There she beheld another countenance, of a man well stricken in years, a pale, thin, scholar-like visage, with eyes dim and bleared by the lamp-light that had served them to pore over many ponderous books.   (source)
  • It might be, on this one day, that there was an expression unseen before, nor, indeed, vivid enough to be detected now; unless some preternaturally gifted observer should have first read the heart, and have afterwards sought a corresponding development in the countenance and mien.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
  • There, beside the fireplace, the brave old General used to sit; while the Surveyor—though seldom, when it could be avoided, taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation—was fond of standing at a distance, and watching his quiet and almost slumberous countenance.   (source)
  • Hester's strong, calm steadfastly-enduring spirit almost sank, at last, on beholding this dark and grim countenance of an inevitable doom, which at the moment when a passage seemed to open for the minister and herself out of their labyrinth of misery—showed itself with an unrelenting smile, right in the midst of their path.   (source)
  • I judged by your countenance, sir, which was troubled when you said the suggestion had returned upon you.   (source)
  • The silver hair and benevolent countenance of the aged cottager won my reverence, while the gentle manners of the girl enticed my love.   (source)
  • A party of Indians—in their savage finery of curiously embroidered deerskin robes, wampum-belts, red and yellow ochre, and feathers, and armed with the bow and arrow and stone-headed spear—stood apart with countenances of inflexible gravity, beyond what even the Puritan aspect could attain.   (source)
    countenances = facial expressions
  • Of an impulsive and passionate nature, she had fortified herself to encounter the stings and venomous stabs of public contumely, wreaking itself in every variety of insult; but there was a quality so much more terrible in the solemn mood of the popular mind, that she longed rather to behold all those rigid countenances contorted with scornful merriment, and herself the object.   (source)
    countenances = faces
  • It is a point difficult to fix where the features and countenance are so much at variance as in your case.   (source)
    countenance = facial expression
▲ show less (of above)

countenance as in:  giving countenance

show 10 more with this conextual meaning
  • They countenance terrorism.
    countenance = show favor for
  • 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.   (source)
    countenance = tolerate or approve
  • 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.   (source)
    countenance = tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • He disagreed with Reb Saunders, yes, but he would countenance no slander against his name or his position.   (source)
    countenance = tolerate, or show favor or support
  • But expect no help nor countenance from me.   (source)
    countenance = tolerance, approval, or support
  • But no Court of Justice could countenance such a view.   (source)
    countenance = tolerate or approve
  • I've had my doubts about that imagination of yours right along, and if this is going to be the outcome of it, I won't countenance any such doings.   (source)
    countenance = tolerate or permit
  • That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o'clock and countenance divorce!   (source)
    countenance = approve of
  • So we are to countenance things and people which we detest, merely because we are not belles and millionaires, are we?   (source)
    countenance = tolerate or approve
  • 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.   (source)
    countenanced = given support
▲ show less (of above)
show 63 more with this conextual meaning
  • "I cannot possibly countenance any such inconsistent proceeding," chimed in the Dowager Ingram.   (source)
    countenance = accept or permit
  • I have never countenanced an effort ... to disturb the arrangement as originally made, by which various States came into the Union.   (source)
    countenanced = approved or shown favor for
  • ...affording her their personal protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage...   (source)
    countenance = acceptance
  • ...greatly countenanced by Mr. Richard Jones.   (source)
    countenanced = supported
  • For the launch of the First Five-Year Plan, Bukharin's fall from grace, and the expansion of the Criminal Code to allow the arrest of anyone even countenancing dissension, these were only tidings, omens, underpinnings.†   (source)
  • He regarded his counterparts in the Belgian Siirete as incompetent fools who had countenanced the establishment of an ISIS safe haven in the heart of Europe.†   (source)
  • Look now—in all of history men have been taught that killing of men is an evil thing not to be countenanced.†   (source)
  • This was extravagant and not to be countenanced.   (source)
    countenanced = tolerated
  • I shall certainly not do anything to give the impression that I countenance your behaviour.   (source)
    countenance = approve
  • ...would render him no countenance or assistance.   (source)
    countenance = approval (or show of favor)
  • ...there was room for wonder why she had countenanced deception at all,   (source)
    countenanced = approved
  • Mrs. Norris ... would have had her received at home and countenanced by them all.   (source)
    countenanced = tolerated or shown support
  • She was preparing for her ninth lying-in; and after bewailing the circumstance, and imploring their countenance as sponsors to the expected child, she could not conceal how important she felt they might be to the future maintenance of the eight already in being.   (source)
    countenance = support
  • ...society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.   (source)
    countenance = toleration or support
  • The young people had been very inconsiderate in forming the plan; they ought to have been capable of a better decision themselves; but they were young; and, excepting Edmund, he believed, of unsteady characters; and with greater surprise, therefore, he must regard her acquiescence in their wrong measures, her countenance of their unsafe amusements, than that such measures and such amusements should have been suggested.   (source)
    countenance = toleration or approval
  • 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.   (source)
    countenanced = permitted
  • In her usefulness, in Fanny's excellence, in William's continued good conduct and rising fame, and in the general well-doing and success of the other members of the family, all assisting to advance each other, and doing credit to his countenance and aid, Sir Thomas saw repeated, and for ever repeated, reason to rejoice in what he had done for them all, and acknowledge the advantages of early hardship and discipline, and the consciousness of being born to struggle and endure.   (source)
    countenance = support
  • In the months after 9/11, he had locked terrorists in secret black sites, rendered them to countries that tortured, and subjected them to interrogation methods of the sort that Gabriel had just countenanced in a farmhouse in the north of France.†   (source)
  • The fitful evasiveness of her manner when the subject was under discussion countenanced the idea.†   (source)
  • This stern-countenanced invalid was the dread Henry VIII.†   (source)
  • "Mr. Thesiger has always countenanced him," said Mrs. Hackbutt.†   (source)
  • 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."†   (source)
  • He would not have imagined that any mother would have countenanced the easy camaraderie that existed between the sexes in Mrs. Ratterer's home.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Availing himself of the first opportunity of being alone with Mr Charles Cheeryble at the close of next day, he accordingly related Smike's little history, 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it 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.†   (source)
  • I beseech you, sir, to countenance William Visor of Woncot against Clement Perkes of the hill.   (source)
    countenance = approve
  • Ay, sir; that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities.   (source)
    countenance = approval
  • I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance,   (source)
  • You must meet my master to countenance my mistress.   (source)
    countenance = show favor
  • He gave him frequent hints, that to adopt the fruits of sin, was to give countenance to it.   (source)
    countenance = to tolerate or support
  • Jean Louise's aunt often held up Cousin Joshua to her as a family example not lightly to be discountenanced: he was a splendid figure of a man, he was a poet, he was cut off in his prime, and Jean Louise would do well to remember that he was a credit to the family.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in discountenanced reverses the meaning of countenanced. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • I will speak in spite of all the intimidations, or threats, or discountenances that may be thrown upon me.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in discountenances reverses the meaning of countenances. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • 'Mrs' was a word somewhat discountenanced by the Party — you were supposed to call everyone 'comrade' — but with some women one used it instinctively.†   (source)
  • He discountenanced risque conversations now.†   (source)
  • A man, by falling in love with her, or marrying her, is brought into conflict with the social convention which discountenances the woman.†   (source)
  • Then she discountenanced the thought.†   (source)
  • Even fortunes supposed to be independent of the market either betrayed a secret dependence on it, or suffered from a sympathetic affection: fashion sulked in its country houses, or came to town incognito, general entertainments were discountenanced, and informality and short dinners became the fashion.†   (source)
  • The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation; and, moreover, he made but a poor figure while gazing on the diminution of the pasty, on which his guest was making desperate inroads; a warfare in which his previous profession of abstinence left him no pretext for joining.†   (source)
  • It was on Isabel's invitation she had come, and she imparted all due dignity to the girl's uncountenanced state.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in uncountenanced means not and reverses the meaning of countenanced. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
  • During the whole time consumed in the slow growth of this family tree, the house of Smallweed, always early to go out and late to marry, has strengthened itself in its practical character, has discarded all amusements, discountenanced all story-books, fairytales, fictions, and fables, and banished all levities whatsoever.†   (source)
  • In that circle they discountenanced those who advised hurried preparations for a removal to Kazan of the court and the girls' educational establishments under the patronage of the Dowager Empress.†   (source)
  • All that he had known of the affair before he returned from Paris was that there had existed an attachment between Thomasin and Wildeve, which his mother had at first discountenanced, but had since, owing to the arguments of Thomasin, looked upon in a little more favourable light.†   (source)
  • He came; and with him Eve, more loth, though first
    To offend; discountenanced both, and discomposed;
    Love was not in their looks, either to God,
    Or to each other; but apparent guilt,
    And shame, and perturbation, and despair,
    Anger, and obstinacy, and hate, and guile.†   (source)
  • estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "dis-" in discountenancing reverses the meaning of countenance. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.
  • that dominion given
    O'er other creatures: Yet when I approach
    Her loveliness, so absolute she seems
    And in herself complete, so well to know
    Her own, that what she wills to do or say,
    Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best:
    All higher knowledge in her presence falls
    Degraded; Wisdom in discourse with her
    Loses discountenanced, and like Folly shows;
    Authority and Reason on her wait,
    As one intended first, not after made
    Occasionally; and, to consummate all,
    Greatness of mind and Nobleness their seat
    Build in her loveliest, and create an awe
    About her, as a guard angelick placed.†   (source)
  • Is it because they tend to disorder in Government, as countenancing Rebellion, or Sedition?†   (source)
  • The knave is mine honest friend, sir; therefore, I beseech your worship, let him be countenanced.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The Luggnaggians are a polite and generous people; and although they are not without some share of that pride which is peculiar to all Eastern countries, yet they show themselves courteous to strangers, especially such who are countenanced by the court.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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 against the Laws: For hee hath the same place in the Common-wealth, that Abraham had in his own Family.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)

show 10 more examples with any meaning
  • The interior of the place was brightly lit but vacant save for a gray-haired old woman, cranelike, countenance ancient, sitting behind the counter.†   (source)
  • Their absence improves your ...countenance.†   (source)
  • A great change has occurred in the countenance of Neumann Two, as though he looks not at his former companions but into his last hours on earth.†   (source)
  • I was turning this over in my mind, looking back and forth between Mary Carson's rosy-peachy cheeks and my father's dour countenance, when Mary solved everything for me.†   (source)
  • They waited, and a moment later the vulturelike countenance of Madam Pince appeared around the corner, her sunken cheeks, her skin like parchment, and her long hooked nose illuminated unflatteringly by the lamp she was carrying.†   (source)
  • But Mr. Merrill's countenance was both stricken and uncomprehending.†   (source)
  • The back of the king's hand connected with Dorian's cheek, and the prince staggered, but regained his countenance.†   (source)
  • As time passed, he cast off his diabolical countenance for a new face ....the face of pure reason.†   (source)
  • He was a young fellow, younger than the lieutenant and the staff sergeant, but he was bald and his countenance made him look much older.†   (source)
  • Part of his brain told him that he knew perfectly well what he was looking at and what the shapes represented while another quite sensibly refused to countenance the idea and abdicated responsibility for any further thinking in that direction.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)
show 190 more examples with any meaning
  • His countenance was resigned.†   (source)
  • One time, she and Adam took along a little kid, a neighbor of hers, to give the Number a family countenance.†   (source)
  • A thin line of beard along his jawline served to accent the sharpness of his countenance as surely as blood on a knife blade.†   (source)
  • He'd meant to return on the Friday, but had been delayed by business in Toronto, or so he said; and had stopped part of the way back, at an inn which was not far north of the first toll gate; and Nancy was none too pleased to hear that, as the place had a bad reputation and was said to countenance loose women, or so she told me in the kitchen.†   (source)
  • This foreman was fair and strong and had a stark, afflicted countenance.†   (source)
  • Must I find a hag to show you your mortal countenance now if I had let you alone?†   (source)
  • The stony obduracy shattered and what shone through was the countenance of an insanely angry child.†   (source)
  • As we sat at the conference table to begin our ninth month of this journey together, I noticed an amazing change in Jason's countenance, attitude, and demeanor.†   (source)
  • For a second Jane could see Miss Milhouse's scornful countenance looming ahead of her in the fire.†   (source)
  • Smoking is impossible; eating tends to make one vomit; the necessity of reducing weight to a bare minimum forbids the importation of literature beyond that supplied by the labels on tins of food; sardine oil, condensed milk and treacle spill themselves all over the place; except for the briefest moments, during which one is not usually in a mood for aesthetic enjoyment, there is nothing to look at but the bleak confusion inside the tent and the scaly, bearded countenance of one's companion-fortunately the noise of the wind usually drowns out his stuffy breathing; worst of all is the feeling of complete helplessness and inability to deal with any emergency that might arise.†   (source)
  • They have my countenance!†   (source)
  • The next day Blanca waited for Jean de Satigny to finish his meticulous toilette, eat his usual parsimonious breakfast, read his newspaper cover to cover, and finally leave on his morning walk, letting nothing in her placid, expectant mother's countenance betray her fierce determination.†   (source)
  • Behind that dopey countenance, a complex intelligence operated.†   (source)
  • Thou has set our misdeeds before thee, and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.†   (source)
  • Indeed, he was a man of some six feet three inches, and his countenance, though reassuring while one knew he was intent on obliging, could seem extremely forbidding viewed in certain other contexts.†   (source)
  • A group of Thembu chiefs requested an urgent visit with me, which was approved by the authorities, who were usually willing to countenance visits by traditional leaders—believing that the more involved I was in tribal and Transkei matters, the less committed I would be to the struggle.†   (source)
  • Nancy, a clothes-conscious girl with a film-star figure, a bespectacled countenance, and a coy, tiptoe way of walking, crossed the lawn and pressed the front-door bell.†   (source)
  • There are deep grooves under his greenish-gray eyes, giving him a haggard look instead of the vibrant, youthful countenance the nation is used to seeing.†   (source)
  • And down the river's dim expanse
    Like some bold seer in a trance,
    Seeing all his own mischance—
    With a glassy countenance
    Did she look to Camelot.†   (source)
  • He turned and started moving before anything changed in Trina's countenance.†   (source)
  • The countenance of simple rapture that she turned to him was reply sufficient.†   (source)
  • Hormoz said something to her in Farsi, and the principal's countenance darkened.†   (source)
  • Rather than countenance the murder of children, he told Robert to find himself another Hand.†   (source)
  • He was a small but imposing man, with a grand, almost leonine countenance and a forceful manner, sometimes abrupt.†   (source)
  • From the state of mind bordering on despair, courage was invigorated, every countenance brightened.†   (source)
  • Yossarian felt terrible; he could hardly bear to look at Nately's battered countenance, even though the sight was so comical he was tempted to guffaw.†   (source)
  • Normally there was nothing she enjoyed more than a row with Miss Muffett, who was so thick one could say almost anything to him provided one was careful to maintain a grave and sorrowful countenance, but today she had no taste for dialectics.†   (source)
  • As it passed, Aven's stern countenance returned.†   (source)
  • As I entered the parlor and faced her thunderous countenance, I knew I had nothing more to fear from her.†   (source)
  • We will not countenance any aggressive violence.†   (source)
  • Again the smiling countenance of the president appeared in the top left corner of the screen.†   (source)
  • The waiter arrived with his espresso and the cognac, and only when Jason placed a hundred-franc note on the table, accompanied by a wave of his hand, did the man's hostile countenance move to neutral ground.†   (source)
  • Rearden glanced at Francisco-and saw a face that went beyond his conception of what the purity of a single purpose could do to a human countenance: it was the most merciless face one could ever be permitted to see.†   (source)
  • But you, Theoden Lord of the Mark of Rohan are declared by your noble devices, and still more by the fair countenance of the House of Eorl.†   (source)
  • His countenance bespoke a calmness that she rarely saw as her son forged through the daily storm that was his childhood.†   (source)
  • We countenance a franker view of sex than recent generations and are more explicit in discussing it.†   (source)
  • It wasn't long before Hisham gained a reputation as a strict resident who would countenance no slacking where work was concerned and dock days from any sister who made a mistake, after first giving her a dressing down.†   (source)
  • "The Council would never countenance it," Gorku said.†   (source)
  • She now presented this gracious and modest countenance to Zooey.†   (source)
  • We don't have the money for a nice wedding, paisan," Pig said, his countenance darkening.†   (source)
  • And why is thy countenance fallen?†   (source)
  • Joe is about 5 feet 10 inches in height, of a chestnut color, bald head, with a remarkable scar on one of his cheeks, not positive on which it is, but think it is on the left, under the eye, has intelligent countenance, active, and well-made.†   (source)
  • HAMLET: Ay, sir, that soaks up the King's countenance, his rewards, his authorities.†   (source)
  • In repose, it had taken on the strained, disconsolate expression that is written on the countenance of so many Southern Negroes.†   (source)
  • Attached to them are what I've borrowed, perhaps unconsciously, bit by bit, of persons I have seen or noticed or remembered in the flesh—a cast of countenance here, a manner of walking there, that jump to the visualizing mind when a story is underway.†   (source)
  • Sophie stares at the cop's face, eyes innocent violets, the slablike plane faintly bucolic, the countenance of a peasant.†   (source)
  • He looked tired but very calm, with the signs of suffering taken from his countenance.†   (source)
  • Next, there was the passive countenance of Julian, dark hair hanging long, blue eyes containing neither passion nor compassion.†   (source)
  • The old man was against tobacco—when he had to smoke a pipe for a Grange League play he'd stuffed it with alfalfa and driven the audience out of the hall—but he did not judge a man by his addictions, or countenance the suppression of tobacco by a righteous minority.†   (source)
  • Combined with his habitual expression of cynicism it gives his countenance a Mephistophelian cast.†   (source)
  • But this shrinking she would not countenance.†   (source)
  • Thus, she could not countenance discussions of religion, politics, or personal sorrows at her table.†   (source)
  • He paused, then relaxed into a kinder countenance.†   (source)
  • "But he's called Dan," my mother added, bringing a slight frown to my grandmother's countenance.†   (source)
  • My countenance for you as well as your son.†   (source)
  • I will take the boy-man, your son, and he shall have my countenance, sanctuary in my tribe.†   (source)
  • His countenance earns your admittance here.†   (source)
  • And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills?†   (source)
  • "His countenance is disgusting,"Adams was to write.†   (source)
  • Why did Galbatorix countenance my father's torture?†   (source)
  • Arya regarded him with a solemn countenance, as if to decide what he was about.†   (source)
  • Then Fredric drew nearer and, Eragon could tell, was startled by the change in Eragon's countenance.†   (source)
  • She was afraid that memory of those tired little faces would show in her own countenance.†   (source)
  • Yet there is sense and fire, spirit, wit, and humor in his countenance.†   (source)
  • Once more his countenance brightened with the realization that he was going back to work.†   (source)
  • Despite her imposing countenance, the queen seemed fragile, as if she concealed a great pain.†   (source)
  • Stoddard's gaze lingered long on the radiant countenance of the girl from Unaka.†   (source)
  • She was too inclined to wear her heart on her countenance, she reminded him.†   (source)
  • She turned to the two young men a flushed, smiling countenance.†   (source)
  • Conroy's own frame of mind was evident; deep satisfaction radiated from his commonplace countenance.†   (source)
  • She turned to him fleetingly a countenance of appeal and perplexity.†   (source)
  • The blazing young eyes were on Miss Sessions's tortured countenance.†   (source)
  • Weak tears began to travel down her countenance.†   (source)
  • But in the crushed, pushed-together countenance there was a look; it was accusation, of course.†   (source)
  • His eyes never left the placid countenance.†   (source)
  • A tired look came over the Buddha's wide countenance.†   (source)
  • " Samuel read, " 'And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.†   (source)
  • Samantha says that her strawberry preserves, which you loved so much as a Boy, continue as good as ever, and you should hurry back for a taste of them, before she "crosses over the river," as she puts it; and my poor Maureen, who may soon be as crippled as your Mother, says she cannot eat a spoonful, without thinking of you, and remembering happier times; and they are both most anxious for the renewed sight of your ever-welcome countenance; as is, to a thousandfold extent, Your always loving and devoted, Mother.†   (source)
  • He snatched the devil from above Claudia's still countenance so swiftly that I couldn't see the gesture, only the demon leering before me and then crackling in the flames.†   (source)
  • The relief was elliptical, about three feet long, and carved with a rudimentary face-a depiction of the West Wind as an angel-like countenance.†   (source)
  • It is the first time Werner has heard Volkheimer laugh, and his countenance changes; he becomes less menacing and more like a benevolent, humongous child.†   (source)
  • The seraphic smile and untroubled countenance returned and Alpha said softly, "If you try to go down the cliff we will hold you down on the grass, take sharpened stones, cut your throat, and wait until your blood stops flowing and your heart stops beating."†   (source)
  • The Shade's countenance darkened.†   (source)
  • It struck me suddenly what consolation it would be to know Satan, to look upon his face, no matter how terrible that countenance was, to know that I belonged to him totally, and thus put to rest forever the torment of this ignorance.†   (source)
  • "'...the Lord lift up his countenance upon him, and give him peace,' " Lewis Merrill said—while clods of earth fell upon the small, gray casket.†   (source)
  • I peer at my face in the pool near the waterfall and see only the same long, aging countenance that I have learned to dislike in recent years: This niorning, while gazing at my image in the water, l opened my mouth wide, half thinking that I would see gray filaments and nematode clusters growing from the roof of my mouth and the back of my throat.†   (source)
  • Having squelched the craze on the grounds of its intrinsic decadence, in the mid-1920s the Bolsheviks had begun to countenance it again.†   (source)
  • In those early years of the Soviet Union, how did the Bolsheviks countenance the idea of gilded chairs and Louis Quatorze dressers in the mansions of starlets?†   (source)
  • And Mr. Merrill, stuttering worse than usual, said, " 'The Lord make his face to shine upon her and be gracious unto her, the Lord lift up his countenance upon her and give her peace.†   (source)
  • And clapping rose for the luminous countenance, the gleaming cheekbones, the winking black eye, as if it were all masterful illusion when in fact it was merely and certainly the face of a vampire, the vampire who had accosted me in the Latin Quarter, that leering, grinning vampire, harshly illuminated by the yellow spot.†   (source)
  • For upon reading in Pravda that life had improved, the attentive apparatchiks understood that a turning point had been reached—that given the Revolution's unqualified success, the time had come for the Party not only to countenance but to encourage a little more glamour, a little more luxury, a little more laughter.†   (source)
  • The impassive father seemed to me to be the most disagreeably affected by Owen's unnatural size; the man's doughy countenance wavered between brute stupidity and contempt.†   (source)
  • A dark, draped figure was moving on the stage from tree trunk to tree trunk, so fast that as he stepped into the lights he seemed to appear magically in the center, one arm flashing out from his cloak to show a silver scythe and the other to hold a mask on a slender stick before the invisible face, a mask which showed the gleaming countenance of Death, a painted skull.†   (source)
  • Even though she has my countenance?†   (source)
  • Mr. Meany's granitic countenance was destroyed by fear, but his attention was riveted; and Mrs. Meany's lunatic gawking was characterized by a naked incomprehension.†   (source)
  • She had heard what she had heard in Stilgar's voice—the unspoken offer of more than his countenance.†   (source)
  • These people have my countenance.†   (source)
  • Arya's countenance remained impassive.†   (source)
  • If the thousand pieces of that face were put back together now, the countenance just before death would be peaceful, expectant, without any hint of the horror to come.†   (source)
  • His countenance was stony.†   (source)
  • Even Jim's strongest ally there got frightened when various eminent tb experts wrote to Geneva saying they couldn't countenance the elevation of second-line antibiotics to the essential drugs list.†   (source)
  • I know the mummers at the Blue Lantern are going to do The Lord of the Woeful Countenance and the mummers at the Ship mean to answer with Seven Drunken Oarsmen.†   (source)
  • Joy was visible on every countenance.†   (source)
  • It was not the face she had seen in the courtroom, it was not the face she had known for years as a countenance of unchanging, unfeeling rigidity-it was a face which a young man of twenty should hope for, but could not achieve, a face from which every sign of strain had been wiped out, so that the lined cheeks, the creased forehead, the graying hair-like elements rearranged by a new theme-were made to form a composition of hope, eagerness and guiltless serenity: the theme was deliverance.†   (source)
  • I tried not to think about lying as I faced the blameless countenance of Gauldin Grace; I tried not to think about hypocrisy.†   (source)
  • The clinging, overpowering conviction of death spread steadily with the continuing rainfall, soaking mordantly into each man's ailing countenance like the corrosive blot of some crawling disease.†   (source)
  • His countenance and dress was that of a Mongol, but of a high caste—more Genghis Khan than Attila the Hun.†   (source)
  • It was already warm, but it still felt soothing as he brought his hands to his brow and let the water cascade down his aging countenance.†   (source)
  • It was a passable likeness, and the artist perceived one not very obvious aspect of the sitter's countenance-its mischief, an amused, babyish malice that suggested some unkind cupid aiming envenomed arrows.†   (source)
  • "Joy was visible on every countenance," according to Nathanael Greene, "and it seemed as if the spirit of conquest breathed through the whole army."†   (source)
  • He shot her a glance, and briefly, there was a light in his eyes and countenance that said he'd considered doing just that.†   (source)
  • Milo had posed for these pictures in a drab peasant's blouse with a high collar, and his scrupulous, paternal countenance was tolerant, wise, critical and strong as he stared out at the populace omnisciently with his undisciplined mustache and disunited eyes.†   (source)
  • Her countenance became one of enigmatic observation: a beautiful mask that concealed her thoughts and feelings, and one that Eragon could not penetrate, no matter how hard he strove.†   (source)
  • Major — de Coverley straightened with astonishment at Milo's effrontery and concentrated upon him the full fury of his storming countenance with its rugged overhang of gullied forehead and huge crag of a humpbacked nose that came charging out of his face wrathfully like a Big Ten fullback.†   (source)
  • Close behind the body stood Nasuada-grave, sable-cloaked, and strong in stature, though tears adorned her countenance.†   (source)
  • I saw him ...at the head of a small band, or rather in its rear, for he was always near the enemy, and his countenance and manner made an impression on me which I can never efface.†   (source)
  • Many of them bore expressions of dissatisfaction at Orik's criticism, whereas the rest seemed more receptive to his comments and were thoughtful of countenance.†   (source)
  • An erect figure, a steady countenance, a neat dress, a genteel air, an oratorical period, a resolute, determined spirit, often do more than deep erudition or indefatigable application.†   (source)
  • He came to in the ambulance and smiled encouragement at Doc Daneeka's weevil-like, glum and overshadowed countenance for the dizzy second or two he had before everything went rose-petal pink again and then turned really black and unfathomably still.†   (source)
  • "The bells in the several churches rang during the remainder of the day—every countenance wore the expressions of joy," reported the Massachusetts Centinel.†   (source)
  • He wondered whether she had been a criminal or a slave, and he felt his countenance darken as he considered the thought of someone being so cruel as to allow such harm to befall a prisoner under his control, even if it was self-inflicted.†   (source)
  • With great pride and no exaggeration, Colonel John Haslet would describe how his "Delawares" stood with "determined countenance," in close array, their colors flying, the enemy's artillery "playing" on them all the while, and the enemy, "though six times their number," not daring to attack.†   (source)
  • SURVEYING THE SHORE of Kips Bay with his telescope, from the deck of the Roebuck, General Henry Clinton could see entrenchments "lined with men whose countenance appeared respectable and firm," as he later wrote.†   (source)
  • He seemed eternally indestructible as he sat there surrounded by danger, his features molded firmly into that same fierce, regal, just and forbidding countenance which was recognized and revered by every man in the squadron.†   (source)
  • "When I parted from him, he pressed my hand, and said something which was inaudible," Marston wrote, "but his countenance expressed all that I could desire."†   (source)
  • For several minutes, Glumra sang, and then she fell silent and continued to gaze at the figurines, and as she gazed, the lines of her grief-ravaged face softened, and where before Eragon had perceived only anger, distress, and hopelessness, her countenance assumed an air of calm acceptance, of peacefulness, and of sublime transcendence.†   (source)
  • —' tavern loafer of "low and ignoble countenance," one Zab Hayward of Braintree, who had no conception of conventional grace in dancing or anything else, was nonetheless regarded as the best dancer in town.†   (source)
  • He was often tempted to join Major — de Coverley, but pitching horseshoes all day long seemed almost as dull as signing 'Major Major Major' to official documents, and Major — de Coverley's countenance was so forbidding that Major Major was in awe of approaching him.†   (source)
  • Yossarian continued staring in tormented fascination at Aarfy's spherical countenance beaming at him so serenely and vacantly through the drifting whorls of white paper bits and concluded that he was a raving lunatic just as eight bursts of flak broke open successively at eye level off to the right, then eight more, and then eight more, the last group pulled over toward the left so that they were almost directly in front.†   (source)
  • Because wisdom and education were not sufficient of themselves, he had added the further "duty" of government to "countenance and inculcate" the principles of humanity, charity, industry, frugality, honesty, sincerity—virtue, in sum.†   (source)
  • ANOTHER OF THE visitors who climbed the stairs to the library, a writer named Anne Royall, found Adams nearly blind, his hair "perfectly white," but was struck by the "sunshine of his countenance," which, when he spoke, became "extremely animated."†   (source)
  • Her bulging light-blue eyes scarcely left the newcomer's countenance as she absent-mindedly filled her mouth.†   (source)
  • "Do you go out much for a walk," the King kept inquiring of Abigail and Nabby at each and every reception, though the King, they thought, at least dissembled better than the Queen, whose countenance, said Nabby, was "as hard and unfeeling as if carved out of an oak knot."†   (source)
  • And the potential cruelty of the type slept in his placid countenance as surely as ever in the dreaming face of Shiva, the destroyer.†   (source)
  • I never shall forget the day and the circumstances of Mr. Adams's going from Leyden to The Hague with the memorial to their High Mightinesses, the States-General...He came down into the front room where we were—his secretary, two sons, and myself—his coach and four at the door, and he, full-dressed, even to his sword, when with energetic countenance and protuberant eyes, and holding his memorial in his hand, said to us in a solemn tone, "Young men !†   (source)
  • What's the matter?" asked Johnnie, coming close and laying a hand on the bent shoulder to peer into the drooping countenance.†   (source)
  • the sciences, and all seminaries of them, especially the university at Cambridge, public schools, and grammar schools in the towns; to encourage private societies and public institutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings, sincerity, good humor, and all social affections, and generous sentiments among the people.†   (source)
  • She was two miles up, swinging along at that steady pace her mountain-bred youth had given her, when the sky began to flush faintly, and the first hint of dawn rested on her upraised countenance.†   (source)
  • The King is a personable man, but my dear sister, he has a certain countenance which you and I have often remarked, a red face and white eyebrows.... When he came to me, Lord Onslow [Arthur Onslow, lord of the royal bedchamber] said, "Mrs. Adams," upon which I drew off my right glove and His Majesty saluted my left cheek, then asked me if I had taken a walk today.†   (source)
  • But Johnnie turned over her shoulder a shining face from which all weariness had suddenly been erased, a glorified countenance that flung him the fleeting smile she had time to spare from the machine.†   (source)
  • Judith Sargent Murray, a young woman from Gloucester traveling with her husband on their honeymoon, stopped atBraintree in October and saw in "the countenance of Mr. Adams" a "most pleasing benevolence" she had not anticipated, as well as the marks of "deep thinking" customarily associated with "the sage, the philosopher," and "unbending integrity."†   (source)
  • Buckheath glanced angrily and contemptuously into the stupid, fatuous countenance above him; he appeared to curb with some difficulty the disposition to retort in kind.†   (source)
  • Hands on knees, he bent to study the face of the new-born, that countenance so ambiguous to our eyes, scarce stamped yet with the common seal of humanity.†   (source)
  • However, the new resident commissioner at Passy, John Adams, required closer study, and in an effort to inform London, Alexander provided an especially perceptive appraisal: John Adams is a man of the shortest of what is called middle size in England, strong and tight-made, rather inclining to fat, of a complexion that bespeaks a warmer climate than Massachusetts is supposed, a countenance which bespeaks rather reflection than imagination.†   (source)
  • Harriet Hardwick, who had returned from Watauga, since her sister would not come to her, stood in the door of the big house regarding them with a countenance of distinctly chastened rejoicing.†   (source)
  • Johnnie was a bit grieved to find that the removal from Miss Sessions of the shrouding, misty veil revealed a countenance somewhat angular in outline, with cheekbones a trifle hard and high, and a lack of colour.†   (source)
  • The face, broad, flat, small of eye and wide of mouth, did indeed suggest the clown countenance; yet there was in it, and in the whole personality, something of the Eastern idol, the journeyman attempt of crude humanity to represent power.†   (source)
  • The loom-fixers had debouched upon the long, wooden bridge which crossed the ravine to their quarters; the girls were going on, Mandy Meacham hanging back and staring; a tree finally shut out Miss Sessions's accusing countenance.†   (source)
  • The bald head with its little fringe of grizzled curls, bent close to the dark, slant-browed, lustrous-eyed, mutinous countenance; Pap whispered hoarsely for some time, Laurella replying at first in a sort of languid tolerance, but presently with little ejaculations of wonder and dismay.†   (source)
  • Yet, when the swift revulsion such knowledge brought with it made her ready to dismiss him at once, thought of Deanie's wasted little countenance, with the red burning high on the sharp, unchildish cheekbone, stayed her.†   (source)
  • Despite her unthreatening countenance now, the woman inspired apprehension; Sophie felt the pulse racing in both wrists, her mouth dried up instantly.†   (source)
  • He had never examined a fiddle at all, and when she began to play it she frightened and dismayed him by her almost insect-like motions, the pensive antennae of her arms, her mask of a countenance.†   (source)
  • I tried and tried, concentrating on the prayers that were being said and at last the images faded; I saw in their place the countenance of the God and his Consort, and it seemed to me that they looked on me benignly and I was at length able to pray.†   (source)
  • Then came the swarthy, dark-eyed countenance of Caine, dressed all in satin that was black and green, wearing a dark three-cornered hat set at a rakish angle, a green plume of feathers trailing down the back.†   (source)
  • He was no longer smiling; a murderous scowl clouded his face and the threat embedded in his countenance excited her, inflaming her lust.†   (source)
  • "Peace, in peace," were their words so many times when they spoke from the briars, in a courteous sort of inflection, and he turned his countenance toward all perched creatures with a benevolence striving to match their own.†   (source)
  • Why isn't he here at his wife's side, lending her the strength of his countenance?†   (source)
  • Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.†   (source)
  • Mrs Waverly's emotion was obviously genuine, but it assorted strangely with her shrewd, rather hard type of countenance.†   (source)
  • He had a huge nose, and a countenance loose in the skin, with the eye-bags of a fishing bird, seamy, greenish, and gray.†   (source)
  • The whole cave was filled with the light of the child's countenance as with the splendor of the sun, and the mother rejoiced exceedingly.†   (source)
  • It seemed to him that he had never seen pure goodness shine out of a human countenance as it did from hers.†   (source)
  • Keating was astonished, therefore, one morning shortly after the Ainsworth reception, to see Francon arrive at the office with a countenance of nervous irritation.†   (source)
  • Wang Lung looked closely at the woman's face for an instant trying to see if all were well, for he had learned now from that impassive square countenance to detect small changes at first invisible to him.†   (source)
  • He noticed an expression of surprise on the spectre's horrid countenance" but they passed one another without speaking.†   (source)
  • She, now so unearnest with me through her worked-up countenance, I saw she had been gotten to by her parents and that decisions had been made.†   (source)
  • It did not look like the countenance of men who watch the agony of another with a secret pleasure, uplifted by the sight of a beggar who needs their compassion; it did not bear the cast of the hungry soul that feeds upon another's humiliation.†   (source)
  • In his mercy, in his love for the forms of time, this demiurgic man of men yields countenance to the sea of pangs; but in his full awareness of what he is doing, the seminal waters of the life that he gives are the tears of his eyes.†   (source)
  • He did not look quite like a professional gambler, but something smooth and twinkling in his countenance suggested an underhanded mode of life.†   (source)
  • In the Banks Islands of the New Hebrides, if a young man coming back from his fishing on a rock, towards sunset, chances to see a girl with her head bedecked with flowers beckoning to him from the slope of the diff up which his path is leading him; he recognizes the countenance of some girl of his own or a neighboring village; he stands and hesitates and thinks she must be a mae;* he looks more closely, and observes that her elbows and knees bend the wrong way; this reveals her true character, and he flies.†   (source)
  • He remembered the magnificent voice he had heard in the lobby of the strike meeting, and he imagined a giant of a man, with a rich mane of hair, perhaps just turning gray, with bold, broad features of an ineffable benevolence, something vaguely like the countenance of God the Father.†   (source)
  • To the Bishop's thinking, she was handsome; her countenance showed that discipline of life which he admired.†   (source)
  • He was short, skinny, bow-legged from a life on horseback, and his countenance had little to recommend it but kindliness and vivacity.†   (source)
  • "I conjure thee," she commanded, "by the light of my love's glorious countenance, go at once, 0 accursed, and bring hither thy mistress whom thou lovest so fondly and foolishly, and return in haste that we may lay the twain together and look at them both as they lie asleep side by side; so shall it appear to us which be the goodlier and more beautiful of the two."†   (source)
  • He talked little, ate little, slept anywhere, preserved a countenance open and warm, and like Jacinto he had unfailing good manners.†   (source)
  • His well-schooled countenance did not change a shadow as he received this challenge, and he passed on into the Padre's house.†   (source)
  • Going in with him, they observed that all was neat and comely, and the wife, a young woman of beautiful countenance, was stirring porridge by the fire.†   (source)
  • Among the watchers there was always the hope that the dying man might reveal something of what he alone could see; that his countenance, if not his lips, would speak, and on his features would fall some light or shadow from beyond.†   (source)
  • The next morning, when Lujon went to call Father Vaillant for breakfast, he found him in the barnyard, leading the two mules about and smoothing their fawn-coloured flanks, but his face was not the cheerful countenance of yesterday.†   (source)
  • Rogojin's eyes flashed, and a smile of insanity distorted his countenance.†   (source)
  • To think of what emanated from that countenance when she saw it last, and to behold it now!†   (source)
  • So, staring one another out of countenance, we remained for perhaps the space of a minute.†   (source)
  • She was already old, with a ravaged countenance and a physique curiously hard and stiff.†   (source)
  • Whispers passed along, and a boding uneasiness took possession of every countenance.†   (source)
  • Finally it is a foul and fierce beast of countenance and form of body.†   (source)
  • You are not fit for prayers: you cannot keep your countenance.†   (source)
  • There rested no shadow of care upon his open countenance.†   (source)
  • And she burst out laughing, to put herself in countenance.†   (source)
  • It's high time for me to sit up and look squarely, if respectfully, into that majestic countenance.†   (source)
  • Suddenly he threw off a somber cast of countenance, and he began to talk.†   (source)
▲ show less (of above)