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Meaning of COUNTENANCE

Pronunciation:  'kawntnuns

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
  2. [n]  the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face'; `phiz' is British)
  3. [n]  formal and explicit approval
  4. [v]  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"
 

COUNTENANCE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: allow, endorsement, imprimatur, kisser, let, mug, permit, phiz, physiognomy, sanction, smiler, visage, visage, warrant
 
 Antonyms: disallow, forbid, interdict, prohibit, proscribe, veto
 
 See Also: abide, admit, allow in, appearance, approval, aspect, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, clear, commendation, decriminalise, decriminalize, endure, expression, face, face, facial expression, favor, favour, furlough, give, human face, human head, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, look, nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, pass, poker face, privilege, puddingface, put up, stand, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, trust, visa, visual aspect

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Coun"te*nance\ (koun"t?-nans), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Countenanced} (-nanst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Countenancing}.]
1. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.

         This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is
         not made out either by experience or reason. --Sir
                                               T. Browne.

         Error supports custom, custom countenances error.
                                               --Milton.

2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.]

         Which to these ladies love did countenance.
                                               --Spenser.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abet, abetment, accept, acceptance, adherence, admiration, admire, advocacy, advocate, aegis, aid and abet, air, applaud, approbation, approval, approve, approve of, ask for, auspices, authority, authorization, back, backing, bear, bear with, bearing, bless, blessing, blink at, brook, brow, Buddha-like composure, calm disposition, calm of mind, calmness, care, carriage, cast, cast of countenance, certification, champion, championship, charity, clearance, color, comfort, commend, complexion, composure, condone, connive at, cool, coolheadedness, coolness, demeanor, dial, easy mind, embolden, empowerment, enabling, encourage, encouragement, endorse, endorsement, endure, enfranchisement, entitlement, esteem, face, facial appearance, facies, favor, favorable vote, feature, features, feed, fiat, foster, fosterage, garb, give encouragement, go for, goodwill, grin and abide, guidance, guise, have, hear of, hearten, hold with, icy calm, imperturbation, indisturbance, indulge, interest, invite, keep in countenance, kisser, let go by, let pass, lineaments, lines, looks, map, mental composure, mien, mug, mush, nod, nourish, nurture, obey, OK, Oriental calm, overlook, pan, patronage, peace of mind, peacefulness, philosophic composure, philosophicalness, philosophy, phiz, physiognomy, placidity, port, posture, presence, puss, put up with, quiet, quiet mind, quietude, ratification, respect, rise above, sanction, sangfroid, seal of approval, seconding, serenity, shine upon, shrug, shrug it off, smile upon, soothingness, sponsorship, stamp of approval, stance, stand for, stomach, submit to, subscribe, suffer, support, sympathy, take kindly to, think well of, tolerate, traits, tranquillity, turn, tutelage, unruffledness, uphold, view with favor, visage, voice, vote, warrant, warranty, wink at, yea, yea vote, yield to
 

 

 

 

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