Definition of countenance
- He managed to keep his countenance through the ordeal.
- … startled, and also somewhat out of countenance.
- —Arnold Bennett
- … her countenance of their unsafe amusements …
- —Jane Austen
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
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: the appearance of a person's face : a person's expression
: to accept, support, or approve of (something)
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