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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Countenance  \Coun"te*nance\  (koun"t?-nans),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Countenanced}  (-nanst);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Countenancing}.] 
  1.  To  encourage;  to  favor;  to  approve;  to  aid;  to  abet. 
 
  This  conceit,  though  countenanced  by  learned  men,  is 
  not  made  out  either  by  experience  or  reason.  --Sir 
  T.  Browne. 
 
  Error  supports  custom,  custom  countenances  error. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  show  of  to  pretend.  [Obs.] 
 
  Which  to  these  ladies  love  did  countenance. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  countenance 
  n  1:  the  appearance  conveyed  by  a  person's  face;  "a  pleasant 
  countenance";  "a  stern  visage"  [syn:  {visage}] 
  2:  formal  and  explicit  approval  [syn:  {sanction},  {endorsement}, 
  {warrant},  {imprimatur}] 
  3:  the  human  face  (`kisser'  and  `smiler'  and  `mug'  are  informal 
  terms  for  `face')  [syn:  {physiognomy},  {visage},  {kisser}, 
  {smiler},  {mug}] 
  v  :  give  permission;  "She  permitted  her  son  to  visit  her 
  estranged  husband";  "I  won't  let  the  police  search  her 
  basement";  "I  cannot  allow  you  to  see  your  exam"  [syn:  {permit}, 
  {allow},  {let}]  [ant:  {forbid},  {forbid}] 




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