verb (used with object), coun·te·nanced, coun·te·nanc·ing.
- countably additive function,
- countably compact set,
- counter check,
- counter electromotive force,
- counter jumper,
- counter reformation
Origin of countenance
Examples from the Web for countenance
That kind of smart person cannot countenance the idea of obscurity as a fate.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity|James Poulos|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His opponent in the American election, Mitt Romney, has at times seemed more willing to countenance a unilateral Israeli strike.Olmert Blasts Bibi on Iran, Relationship with Obama|Dan Ephron|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I cannot countenance any more breathless, fanzine-style chronicling of her attire.
He relied on manner, attitude, and countenance to represent a subject's legacy.
Mandelson has not said sorry, if he had to resign again even Lazarus would not countenance a third comeback.And You Thought U.S. Conservatives Were Out of Touch!|Andrew Pierce|November 7, 2008|DAILY BEAST
His brother Olaf was a tall, thin man; handsome in countenance; lively, modest, and popular.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
The doctor kept his countenance and checked a smile which might have escaped most people at the aspect of the man.The Two Brothers|Honore de Balzac
Her countenance expressed surprise and bewilderment that no chick was in sight.Elsie at Ion|Martha Finley
He was shown the jewel; and from the expression of admiration on his countenance, I could see we had not overvalued it.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
What countenance did she put on at the perusal of my letter?The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha|Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Word Origin for countenance
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.