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coun•te•nance



Pronunciation: (koun'tn-uns), [key]
n., v., -nanced, -nanc•ing.


n.
1. appearance, esp. the look or expression of the face: a sad countenance.
2. the face; visage.
3. calm facial expression; composure.
4. approval or favor; encouragement; moral support.
5. Obs.bearing; behavior.
6. out of countenance, visibly disconcerted; abashed: He was somewhat out of countenance at the prospect of an apology.

v.t.
1. to permit or tolerate: You should not have countenanced his rudeness.
2. to approve, support, or encourage.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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