Definitions for countenanceˈkaʊn tn əns

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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

  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.]


  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. Scipione Alberti:

    Secret thoughts and open countenance will go safely over the whole world.

  3. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

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

  4. Livy:

    Assume in adversity a countenance of prosperity, and in prosperity moderate thy temper.

  5. Jonathan Swift:

    The two maxims of any great man at court are, always to keep his countenance and never to keep his work.

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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
  • 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

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