Coun´te`nance   Pronunciation: koun´t?-nans
n.1.Appearance or expression of the face; look; aspect; mien.
So spake the Son, and into terror changed
His countenance.
- Milton.
2.The face; the features.
In countenance somewhat doth resemble you.
- Shak.
3.Approving or encouraging aspect of face; hence, favor, good will, support; aid; encouragement.
Thou hast made him . . . glad with thy countenance.
- Ps. xxi. 6.
4.Superficial appearance; show; pretense.
In countenance
in an assured condition or aspect; free from shame or dismay.
Out of countenance
not bold or assured; confounded; abashed.
- Addison.
To keep the countenance
to preserve a composed or natural look, undisturbed by passion or emotion.
- Clarendon.
v. t.1.To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.
[imp. & p. p. Countenanced (-nanst); p. pr. & vb. n. Countenancing.]
2.To make a show of; to pretend.
Which to these ladies love did countenance.
- Spenser.
Noun1.countenance - the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
Synonyms: visage
2.countenance - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
3.countenance - the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
Verb1.countenance - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
Synonyms: permit, allow, let
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