[ dis-koun-tn-uh ns ]
/ dɪsˈkaʊn tn əns /

verb (used with object), dis·coun·te·nanced, dis·coun·te·nanc·ing.

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

First recorded in 1570–80; dis-1 + countenance

OTHER WORDS FROM discountenance

dis·coun·te·nanc·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for discountenance

/ (dɪsˈkaʊntɪnəns) /

verb (tr)

to make ashamed or confused
to disapprove of


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