discountenance

verb
dis·​coun·​te·​nance | \ di-ˈskau̇n-tə-nən(t)s How to pronounce discountenance (audio) , -ˈskau̇nt-nən(t)s \
discountenanced; discountenancing; discountenances

Definition of discountenance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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

discountenance

noun

Definition of discountenance (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of discountenance in a Sentence

Verb a social philosopher who discountenanced all programs for helping the needy, claiming that society should encourage survival of the fittest the political party was discountenanced by the actions of a few of its overly zealous members Noun made known his long-standing discountenance of any form of religious belief
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First Known Use of discountenance

Verb

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of discountenance was in 1579

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“Discountenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discountenance. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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