Definitions for: Countenance

[n] the appearance conveyed by a person's face; "a pleasant countenance"; "a stern visage"
[n] the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face'; `phiz' is British)
[n] formal and explicit approval
[v] give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

Webster (1913) Definition: Coun"te*nance (koun"t?-nans), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Countenanced (-nanst); p. pr. & vb. n. Countenancing.]
1. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.

This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is
not made out either by experience or reason. --Sir
T. Browne.

Error supports custom, custom countenances error.

2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.]

Which to these ladies love did countenance.

Synonyms: allow, endorsement, imprimatur, kisser, let, mug, permit, phiz, physiognomy, sanction, smiler, visage, visage, warrant

Antonyms: disallow, forbid, interdict, prohibit, proscribe, veto

See Also: abide, admit, allow in, appearance, approval, aspect, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, clear, commendation, decriminalise, decriminalize, endure, expression, face, face, facial expression, favor, favour, furlough, give, human face, human head, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, look, nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, pass, poker face, privilege, puddingface, put up, stand, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, trust, visa, visual aspect

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