What does countenance mean?

Definitions for countenance
ˈkaʊn tn ənscoun·te·nance

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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. countenance, physiognomy, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug(noun)

    the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)

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

    formal and explicit approval

    "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"

  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.

    Etymology: from contineo.

  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.

    Etymology: from contineo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Countenance(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Countenance(verb)

    to make a show of; to pretend

    Etymology: [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.]

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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

Examples of countenance in a Sentence

  1. Charles Dickens:

    It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper; so cry away.

  2. Charles Cooley:

    One who shows signs of mental aberration is, inevitably, perhaps, but cruelly, shut off from familiar, thoughtless intercourse, partly excommunicated; his isolation is unwittingly proclaimed to him on every countenance by curiosity, indifference, aversion, or pity, and in so far as he is human enough to need free and equal communication and feel the lack of it, he suffers pain and loss of a kind and degree which others can only faintly imagine, and for the most part ignore.

  3. The Archdiocese of Chicago:

    There is no place in American life for discriminatory rhetoric of any kind, at a time when hate crimes are on the rise, when religious believers are murdered in their places of worship, we cannot countenance any speech that dehumanizes persons on the basis of ethnicity, religious belief, economic status or country of origin.

  4. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

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

  5. William Hazlitt:

    First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not infrequently) to our cost, when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or studied actions. A man's look is the work of years it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.

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  • 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
  • मुखाकृतिHindi
  • սատարել, քաջալերել, դեմքի արտահայտություն, համակրել, դեմք, աջակցելArmenian
  • wajahIndonesian
  • andlit, láta viðgangastIcelandic
  • apparenza, espressione, sembianzaItalian
  • פניםHebrew
  • gelaatsuitdrukking, verschijning, dulden, gedogenDutch
  • wyraz twarzy, mina, obliczePolish
  • aparência, semblantePortuguese
  • выражение лицаRussian
  • 面容Chinese

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    • A. macron
    • B. hypostatization
    • C. jocularity
    • D. scalawag

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