- to disconcert, embarrass, or abash: With his composure, he survived every attempt to discountenance him.
- to show disapproval of: The teachers discountenanced smoking by the students.
- disapproval; disapprobation.
Origin of discountenance
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Examples from the Web for discountenance
If unhappily thrown among them, discountenance them to the utmost.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
As an Association they are pledged to discountenance just what I did.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall
Jean K. Baird
All citizens are urged to discountenance the building of fires.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
He would not allow stone-flinging, because it was a habit of his to discountenance it.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
Let them in their several stations encourage virtue and discountenance vice in others.
- to make ashamed or confused
- to disapprove of
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Word Origin and History for discountenance
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