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countenance

coun·te·nance

countenance

 
pronunciation:
kaUn t nns
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: facial expression or general appearance.
The nurse's merry countenance cheered the patients.
synonyms:
aspect, expression, face
similar words:
air, appearance, demeanor, feature, front, look, mien, visage
definition 2: the human face or its features.
Her large dark eyes were the most fascinating part of her countenance.
synonyms:
face, features
similar words:
physiognomy
definition 3: approval or an expression of approval.
She gave little countenance to her assistant's proposal.His parents refused to give their countenance to the marriage.
synonyms:
approval, credence
similar words:
approbation, blessing, favor, sanction
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: countenanced, countenances, countenancing
definition: to allow, approve, or tolerate.
I cannot countenance your irresponsible behavior.
synonyms:
allow, approve of, sanction, stand, stand for, tolerate
antonyms:
discountenance
similar words:
condone, encourage, permit
derivation: countenanced (adj.)