Definitions for countenanceˈkaʊn tn əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

coun•te•nance*ˈkaʊn tn əns(n.; v.)-nanced, -nanc•ing.

  1. (n.)appearance, esp. the expression of the face:

    a sad countenance.

  2. the face; visage.

  3. calm facial expression; composure.

  4. approval or favor.

  5. Obs. bearing; behavior.

  6. (v.t.)to permit or tolerate.

  7. to approve or encourage.

* Syn: See face.

Origin of countenance:

1250–1300; ME cuntenaunce behavior, bearing, self-control < AF cuntena(u)nce, OF contenance < L continentiacontinence


Princeton's WordNet

  1. countenance, visage(noun)

    the appearance conveyed by a person's face

    "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"

  2. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur(noun)

    formal and explicit approval

    "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

  3. 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)

  4. 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"


  1. countenance(Noun)

    Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.

  2. countenance(Verb)

    To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.

    The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.

  3. Origin: from contineo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countenance(verb)

    to encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet

  2. Countenance(verb)

    to make a show of; to pretend

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(expression on) the face.

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