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discountenance

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

Definition of discountenance

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

First Known Use of discountenance

1584

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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discountenance

noun

Definition of discountenance

Examples of discountenance in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of discountenance

1579

in the meaning defined above

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