discountenance


1dis·coun·te·nance

transitive verb \dis-ˈkan-tə-nən(t)s, -ˈkant-nən(t)s\

Definition of DISCOUNTENANCE

2
:  to look with disfavor on :  discourage by evidence of disapproval <discountenanced all bellicose statements>

Examples of DISCOUNTENANCE

  1. <a social philosopher who discountenanced all programs for helping the needy, claiming that society should encourage survival of the fittest>
  2. <the political party was discountenanced by the actions of a few of its overly zealous members>

First Known Use of DISCOUNTENANCE

1580

2discountenance

noun

Definition of DISCOUNTENANCE

Examples of DISCOUNTENANCE

  1. <made known his long-standing discountenance of any form of religious belief>

First Known Use of DISCOUNTENANCE

1580

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