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discountenance


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discountenance  \Dis*coun"te*nance\,  n. 
  Unfavorable  aspect;  unfriendly  regard;  cold  treatment; 
  disapprobation;  whatever  tends  to  check  or  discourage. 
 
  He  thought  a  little  discountenance  on  those  persons 
  would  suppress  that  spirit.  --Clarendon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discountenance  \Dis*coun"te*nance\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Discountenanced};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Discountenancing}.] 
  [Pref.  dis-  +  countenance:  cf  OF  descontenancer  F. 
  d['e]contenancer.] 
  1.  To  ruffle  or  discompose  the  countenance  of  to  put  of 
  countenance;  to  put  to  shame;  to  abash. 
 
  How  would  one  look  from  his  majestic  brow  .  .  . 
  Discountenance  her  despised!  --Milton. 
 
  The  hermit  was  somewhat  discountenanced  by  this 
  observation.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  2.  To  refuse  to  countenance,  or  give  the  support  of  one's 
  approval  to  to  give  one's  influence  against;  to  restrain 
  by  cold  treatment;  to  discourage. 
 
  A  town  meeting  was  convened  to  discountenance  riot. 
  --Bancroft. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discountenance 
  v  1:  look  with  disfavor  on  "The  republic  soon  discountenanced 
  its  few  friends" 
  2:  show  disapproval  by  discouraging 




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