verb (used with object), coun·te·nanced, coun·te·nanc·ing.
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Idioms for countenance
Origin of countenance
synonym study for countenance
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
Example sentences from the Web for countenance
Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.Fox News cuts away from Kayleigh McEnany news conference after she alleges vote fraud with no evidence|Elahe Izadi, Sarah Ellison|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
But there is no way McCarthy would have countenanced failure.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’|Tim Teeman|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With respect to the Christian dispensation, it was a libel to say that it countenanced such a traffic.The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the|Thomas Clarkson
If the Khalif, he says, had countenanced any such, he would have been torn to pieces.Christianity and Islam in Spain (756-1031)|Charles Reginald Haines
The patronage of the world is not to be sought after, depended upon, or countenanced.George Muller of Bristol|Arthur T. Pierson
Superstitions without number are mixed up with their beliefs, and are countenanced by the priests.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
Offerings of food to hungry ghosts were countenanced, and it was easy to include among the recipients other spirits.