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countenance
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
a pleasant countenance
Definition facial expression; or face; or composure
  • She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her countenance grew stern.
  • countenance = facial expression
  • 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
  • both the frown and the smile passed successively over his countenance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • countenance = face or facial expression
  • She had a stern countenance and was critical-looking.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • countenance = facial expression
  • Miss Maudie answered: "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance!"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • countenance = facial expression; or face
  • One word or look from you ... and I'll tear the countenance from the front of your head.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • countenance = face or facial expression
  • 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
  • countenance = face
  • He looked at me with a confused expression on his countenance and...
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
countenance = face

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2  —as in:
giving countenance
Definition to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
  • We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They countenance and support terrorism.
  • countenance = show favor for or support
  • I shall certainly not do anything to give the impression that I countenance your behaviour.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • countenance = approve
  • He disagreed with Reb Saunders, yes, but he would countenance no slander against his name or his position.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • countenance = tolerate, or show favor or support
  • But no Court of Justice could countenance such a view.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • countenance = tolerate or approve
  • But expect no help nor countenance from me.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • countenance = tolerance, approval, or support
  • This was extravagant and not to be countenanced.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • countenanced = tolerated
  • 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
  • countenance = tolerate or approve
  • 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
  • countenanced = approved or shown favor for
  • ...would render him no countenance or assistance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
countenance = approval (or show of favor)

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Less commonly:
More rarely, in addition to facial expression, countenance can refer to one's posture and other visible features.
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