- 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
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Related Wordsdiscourage, deprecate, disapprove, disesteem, resist, disfavor, condemn, dispute, discomfit, discompose, chagrin, rattle, confuse, shame, abash, faze, humiliate, discommend
Examples from the Web for discountenance
If unhappily thrown among them, discountenance them to the utmost.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
As an Association they are pledged to discountenance just what I did.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall
Jean K. Baird
All citizens are urged to discountenance the building of fires.Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror
He would not allow stone-flinging, because it was a habit of his to discountenance it.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
Let them in their several stations encourage virtue and discountenance vice in others.
- to make ashamed or confused
- to disapprove of
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Word Origin and History for discountenance
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