But one of his daughters, as well as the "Laird," was implicated in countenancing the conspirators.
I can't go on countenancing this thing, and not be a party to it morally and every other way.
What good do you suppose we do by countenancing performances like that?
This is the church, and her members are the men, whom you are countenancing amongst you.
Let it be put forth in leading to abstain from countenancing an evil constitution, and to raise above the fear of consequences.
Is it because they tend to disorder in Government, as countenancing Rebellion, or Sedition?
He laughed at the idea of countenancing an engagement between a child like Marcella and an obscure country doctor.
You go on in and talk to Edward—he'll give you the best of reasons for our countenancing Mr. Baird.
What kind of a man would be countenancing a letter like that?
She proceeded to rebuke him severely for countenancing such a popish practice as the introduction of pictures in the churches.
mid-13c., from Old French contenance "demeanor, bearing, conduct," from Latin continentia "restraint, abstemiousness, moderation," literally "way one contains oneself," from continentem, present participle of continere (see contain). Meaning evolving Middle English from "appearance" to "facial expression betraying a state of mind," to "face" itself (late 14c.).
late 15c., "to behave or act," from countenance (n.). Sense of "to favor, patronize" is from 1560s, from notion of "to look upon with sanction or smiles." Related: Countenanced; countenancing.