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Meaning & Definition of Countenance in English

English

Countenance

/kaʊntənəns/

noun

1. The appearance conveyed by a person's face

  • "A pleasant countenance"
  • "A stern visage"
    synonym:
  • countenance
  • ,
  • visage

2. Formal and explicit approval

  • "A democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
    synonym:
  • sanction
  • ,
  • countenance
  • ,
  • endorsement
  • ,
  • indorsement
  • ,
  • warrant
  • ,
  • imprimatur

3. The human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is british)

    synonym:
  • countenance
  • ,
  • physiognomy
  • ,
  • phiz
  • ,
  • visage
  • ,
  • kisser
  • ,
  • smiler
  • ,
  • mug

verb

1. Consent to, 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"
    synonym:
  • permit
  • ,
  • allow
  • ,
  • let
  • ,
  • countenance

Examples of using

There are as many vipers hiding in the grass as there is evil lying beneath a beautiful countenance.
He changed his countenance at the news.