What does countenance mean?

Definitions for countenanceˈkaʊn tn əns

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word countenance.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

  3. 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

  1. Countenance

    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.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of countenance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of countenance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Fuller:

    A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.

  2. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.

  3. Timothy Head:

    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.

  4. Dax Ward:

    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.

  5. Charles Dickens:

    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.

Images & Illustrations of countenance

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Translations for countenance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ملامحArabic
  • 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
  • قیافهPersian
  • kasvonpiirteet, ilme, salliaFinnish
  • visageFrench
  • aogasScottish Gaelic
  • սատարել, քաջալերել, դեմքի արտահայտություն, համակրել, դեմք, աջակցելArmenian
  • wajahIndonesian
  • andlit, láta viðgangastIcelandic
  • apparenza, espressione, sembianzaItalian
  • gelaatsuitdrukking, verschijning, dulden, gedogenDutch
  • wyraz twarzy, mina, obliczePolish
  • aparência, semblantePortuguese
  • выражение лицаRussian
  • 面容Chinese

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