Countenance - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkaʊntənəns|  American pronunciation of the word countenance
Brit.  |ˈkaʊnt(ə)nəns|  British pronunciation of the word countenance


- the appearance conveyed by a person's face (syn: visage)
a pleasant countenance
- formal and explicit approval (syn: endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant)
- the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British) (syn: kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, visage)


- consent to, give permission (syn: allow, let, permit)

Extra examples

The photograph showed his somber countenance.

...a pleasant countenance that puts visitors at ease...

...I don't countenance such behavior in children of any age....

...countenanced the delays and inconveniences of traveling by air with good grace...

All colour drained from her countenance.

I will not countenance you being rude to Dr Baxter.

... his white countenance was rendered eerie by the redness of the sagging lids below his eyes ...

You could see it in his frame and deportment ... a beaming countenance, expansive salutations, a warm handshake ...

But there are only two logical choices ... . If you can't countenance the first, you have to accept the second.

They disapproved of the marriage, and could not be expected to countenance it.

His countenance assumed a deeper cast of dejection.

The countenance of the old man fell.

I never saw greater devotion in any countenance.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: countenance
he/she/it: countenances
present participle: countenancing
past tense: countenanced
past participle: countenanced
singular: countenance
plural: countenances
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