[ koun-tn-uhns ]
/ 藞ka蕣n tn 蓹ns /
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See synonyms for: countenance / countenanced on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), coun路te路nanced, coun路te路nanc路ing.
to permit or tolerate: You should not have countenanced his rudeness.
to approve, support, or encourage.
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Idioms about countenance

    out of countenance, visibly disconcerted; abashed: He was somewhat out of countenance at the prospect of an apology.

Origin of countenance

First recorded in 1250鈥1300; Middle English cuntenaunce 鈥渂ehavior, bearing, self-control,鈥 from Anglo-French cuntena(u)nce, Old French contenance, from Medieval Latin 鈥渨ay of living, demeanor,鈥 from Latin continentia 鈥渟elf-control, restraint鈥; see continence

synonym study for countenance

2. See face.

historical usage of countenance

The English noun countenance comes from Middle English from Old French contenance, countenance 鈥渂ehavior, bearing.鈥 Its original meaning in the 13th century came directly from the Old French. Later, in the 14th century, this developed into the current sense 鈥渢he look or expression on a person鈥檚 face.鈥
The Old French noun ultimately comes from the Latin noun continentia 鈥渟elf-control, restraint,鈥 a derivation of the verb contin膿re 鈥渢o hold together, keep together, keep under control.鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM countenance

coun路te路nanc路er, nounun路coun路te路nanced, adjectiveun路der路coun路te路nance, noun
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How to use countenance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for countenance

/ (藞ka蕣nt瑟n蓹ns) /

the face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mooda pleasant countenance
support or encouragement; sanction
composure; self-control (esp in the phrases keep or lose one's countenance; out of countenance)
verb (tr)
to support or encourage; sanction
to tolerate; endure

Derived forms of countenance

countenancer, noun

Word Origin for countenance

C13: from Old French contenance mien, behaviour, from Latin continentia restraint, control; see contain
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