verb (used with object), coun·te·nanced, coun·te·nanc·ing.
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Origin of countenance
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historical usage of countenance
The Old French noun ultimately comes from the Latin noun continentia “self-control, restraint,” a derivation of the verb continēre “to hold together, keep together, keep under control.”
OTHER WORDS FROM countenancecoun·te·nanc·er, nounun·coun·te·nanced, adjectiveun·der·coun·te·nance, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for countenance
Daisey’s one-night-only show was an account of a year of living pandemically, recounted entertainingly in his signature countenance of enlightened outrage.
FIFA, not an organization to walk away from money, would scarcely countenance a situation where the money walks away from it.Let's Take Away the 2018 World Cup from Putin's Russia|Tunku Varadarajan|June 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
He dropped the toilet lid with a slam, trying to hide his disdain behind a professional countenance.
The larger of the two government parties, Fine Gael, has said it will not countenance legal abortion in Ireland.
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
At the mention of the Merrill Horse, Poindexter's countenance took on a demoniac expression.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Which latter circumstance he begged Mr. Perker to note, with a glowing countenance and many marks of indignation.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
A smile of beatitude spread over his enormous countenance during the process.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The beauty of a woman cheereth the countenance of her husband, and a man desireth nothing more.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Wharton uttered this with a peculiar force of voice, and aweful expression in his countenance.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter