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discountenance

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verb dis·coun·te·nance \dis-ˈkau̇n-tə-nən(t)s, -ˈkau̇nt-nən(t)s\

Definition of discountenance

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  abash, disconcert

  3. 2 :  to look with disfavor on :  discourage by evidence of disapproval <discountenanced all bellicose statements>



Examples of discountenance in a sentence

  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>



1580

First Known Use of discountenance

1580


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discountenance

noun dis·coun·te·nance

Definition of discountenance



Examples of discountenance in a sentence

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



1580

First Known Use of discountenance

1580


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