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Pronunciation:  dis'kawntnuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  show disapproval by discouraging
  2. [v]  look with disfavor on; "The republic soon discountenanced its few friends"

DISCOUNTENANCE is a 14 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: disapprove, shame



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*coun"te*nance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Discountenanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discountenancing}.]
    [Pref. dis- + countenance: cf. OF. descontenancer, F.
    1. To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of
       countenance; to put to shame; to abash.
             How would one look from his majestic brow . . .
             Discountenance her despised!          --Milton.
             The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this
             observation.                          --Sir W.
    2. To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's
       approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain
       by cold treatment; to discourage.
             A town meeting was convened to discountenance riot.
  2. \Dis*coun"te*nance\, n.
    Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment;
    disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
          He thought a little discountenance on those persons
          would suppress that spirit.              --Clarendon.
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