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  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. 




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