V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. facial features or the expression and appearance of someone's face; 2. self-control; 3. the human face; 4. formal approval; (v.) to give approval or permission to something
Synonyms: (n.) appearance, expression, mien, visage, composure, self-control, approval, sanction, encouragement, (v.) endorse, approve, abet
Antonyms: (v.) reject, disapprove, discourage, prohibit
Tips: Countenance can be used as general reference to a face, such as "noble countenance" or "malicious countenance." The "formal approval" definition of countenance is similar to consent. The verb form of countenance is also similar to condone, except condone refers to tolerating and overlooking negativity, whereas countenance refers to giving formal approval.
His policies countenance the involvement of the federal government in education. (sanction, endorse) verb
I couldn't tell from her countenance whether she was angry or just perplexed. (expression, mien) noun
I retained my countenance while my boss berated me in front of co-workers, but later I wrote my letter of resignation. (composure, self-control) noun
I gave my wife countenance to quit her job and follow her long-held dream of becoming a professional writer. (approval, encouragement) noun
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder
The definition and lessons for the word countenance were made available by the .
The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.
Visit the thesite right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!