the appearance conveyed by a person's face
"a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur(noun)
formal and explicit approval
"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
countenance, physiognomy, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug(verb)
the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
permit, allow, let, countenance(verb)
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"
Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.
To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.
The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.
Origin: from contineo.
to encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet
to make a show of; to pretend
Origin: [OE. contenance, countenaunce, demeanor, composure, F. contenance demeanor, fr. L. continentia continence, LL. also, demeanor, fr. L. continere to hold together, repress, contain. See Contain, and cf. Continence.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kown′ten-ans, n. the face: the expression of the face: appearance.—v.t. to favour or approve.—n. Coun′tenancer.—Change countenance, to change the expression of the face; His countenance fell, he became dejected or angry; In countenance, unabashed—opp. to Out of countenance. [O. Fr. contenance—L. continentia, restraint, demeanour—L. continēre, to contain.]
The numerical value of countenance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of countenance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
They speak with a tremendous amount of conviction and resolve, and I think that Jeb's style, his personality and personal countenance is more contemplative and analytic.
Mighty are the winds of time, which sweep away the despair of a broken heart, which blow back the essence of life, which refresh the soul with yet another sweet countenance.
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honestly out of countenance any day of the week, if there is anything to get got by it.
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Translations for countenance
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- насърчавам, изражение на лицето, подкрепямBulgarian
- podporovat, výrazCzech
- ansigt, billige, mine, støtte, tolerereDanish
- billigen, dulden, Antlitz, GesichtsausdruckGerman
- ενθαρρύνω, φυσιογνωμία, παρουσιαστικό, υποστηρίζω, μορφή, όψηGreek
- permitir, rostro, apariencia, tolerar, expresión, semblante, apoyarSpanish
- kasvonpiirteet, ilme, salliaFinnish
- aogasScottish Gaelic
- սատարել, քաջալերել, դեմքի արտահայտություն, համակրել, դեմք, աջակցելArmenian
- andlit, láta viðgangastIcelandic
- apparenza, espressione, sembianzaItalian
- gelaatsuitdrukking, verschijning, dulden, gedogenDutch
- wyraz twarzy, mina, obliczePolish
- aparência, semblantePortuguese
- выражение лицаRussian
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