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discountenance

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

refusal to accept as right or desirable
  • made known his long-standing discountenance of any form of religious belief

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discountenance

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Synonyms & Antonyms of discountenance (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to hold an unfavorable opinion of
  • a social philosopher who discountenanced all programs for helping the needy, claiming that society should encourage survival of the fittest

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2 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress
  • the political party was discountenanced by the actions of a few of its overly zealous members

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The first known use of discountenance was in 1579

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“Discountenance.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/discountenance. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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