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1 : To make a show of; to pretend.

2 : To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.

3 : of Countenance

4 : One who countenances, favors, or supports.

5 : Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.

6 : To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain by cold treatment; to discourage.

7 : To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash.

8 : of Discountenance

9 : One who discountenances; one who disfavors.

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1 : Countenance

v. t.

To make a show of; to pretend.

2 : Countenance

v. t.

To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.

3 : Countenanced

imp. & p. p.

of Countenance

4 : Countenancer

n.

One who countenances, favors, or supports.

5 : Discountenance

n.

Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.

6 : Discountenance

v. t.

To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain by cold treatment; to discourage.

7 : Discountenance

v. t.

To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash.

8 : Discountenanced

imp. & p. p.

of Discountenance

9 : Discountenancer

n.

One who discountenances; one who disfavors.

This word countenance uses (11) total characters with white space

This word countenance uses (11) total characters with white out space

This word countenance uses 7 unique characters: A C E N O T U

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Number of all combination ncr for countenance word is (5040)

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From Wikipedia

Countenance is a synonym for face or facial expression, but may also refer to:

  • Countenance divine, or divine countenance, a reference to the literal or metaphorical "face of God"
  • Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran, called Operation Countenance, the 1941 joint invasion of Iran by the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union

From Wiktionary

Contents

  • 1 English
    • 1.1 Alternative forms
    • 1.2 Etymology
    • 1.3 Pronunciation
    • 1.4 Noun
      • 1.4.1 Synonyms
      • 1.4.2 Derived terms
      • 1.4.3 Translations
    • 1.5 Verb
      • 1.5.1 Synonyms
      • 1.5.2 Translations
    • 1.6 References
  • 2 Old French
    • 2.1 Alternative forms
    • 2.2 Etymology
    • 2.3 Noun
      • 2.3.1 Related terms
      • 2.3.2 Descendants
    • 2.4 References

English[edit]

WOTD – 7 May 2009

Alternative forms[edit]

  • countenaunce (obsolete)

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman countenance, from Old French, from the present participle of contenir, or from Late Latin continentia, and therefore a doublet of continence.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈkaʊn.tɪ.nəns/, /ˈkaʊn.tən.əns/
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Noun[edit]

countenance (countable and uncountable, plural countenances)

  1. Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.
    • 1611, Bible (King James Version):
      , Genesis 4:5
      But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, in The Unknown Ajax:
      But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.
  2. Favour; support; encouragement.
    • Bible, Psalms xxi. 6
      Thou hast made him [] glad with thy countenance.
    • Francis Atterbury (1663-1732)
      This is the magistrate's peculiar province, to give countenance to piety and virtue, and to rebuke vice.
  3. (obsolete) Superficial appearance; show; pretense.
    • Roger Ascham (1515-1568)
      The election being done, he made countenance of great discontent thereat.
  4. calm facial expression, composure, self-control

Synonyms[edit]

  • See also Wikisaurus:countenance

Derived terms[edit]

  • keep one's countenance

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

countenance (third-person singular simple present countenances, present participle countenancing, simple past and past participle countenanced)

  1. (transitive) To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.
    The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.
    • 1925, Franz Kafka, The Trial, Vintage Books (London), pg. 99:
      For the Defence was not actually countenanced by the Law, but only tolerated, and there were differences of opinion even on that point, whether the Law could be interpreted to admit such tolerances at all.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (tolerate, support): approve, sanction, support, tolerate

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

  • countenance in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • countenance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • contenance
  • contennaunce
  • continance

Etymology[edit]

From contenant, the present participle of contenir, with the suffix -ance, corresponding to Late Latin continentia. See also continence.

Noun[edit]

countenance f (oblique plural countenances, nominative singular countenance, nominative plural countenances)

  1. (Anglo-Norman) appearance; countenance
    • e moustre par contenance q'il ad honte de ceo q'il ad fet
      And he showed by his appearance that he was ashamed of what he had done.

Related terms[edit]

  • contenant
  • contenir

Descendants[edit]

  • English: countenance
  • French: contenance

References[edit]

  • contenance on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub