countenance countenance  /ˈkaʊn tə nəns/


  1. (n) the appearance conveyed by a person's face
  2. (n) formal and explicit approval
  3. (n) the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
  4. (v) consent to, give permission


  1. They were wasting their precious time for the court did not countenance such spurious transactions.
  2. The country's representative at the UN General Assembly said that such flagrant violations of existing treaties cannot be countenanced.


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    Recently, I had the occasion to observe a group of employees who were working in a toxic work environment. I witnessed the decline of self-esteem in each one of them as they endured month after month of poor leadership and dysfunction in their workplace. I was truly amazed at the change to the countenance of each of these employees as their situation continually grew worse. If one could have ...
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  1. "If we countenance a process where our subpoenas can be readily ignored, where a witness under a duly authorized subpoena doesn't even have to bother to show up, where privilege can be asserted on the thinnest basis and in the broadest possible...
    on Jul 24, 2007 By: John Conyers Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "We are not going to countenance that somehow ...... the Palestinians are divisible," Rice told reporters. "We're not going to abandon the Palestinians who are living in Gaza."
    on Jun 18, 2007 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: Guardian Unlimited

  3. Murdoch said the Journal represented "American journalism at its best. ...... Any interference - or even hint of interference - would break the trust that exists between the paper and its readers, something I am unwilling to countenance."
    on May 14, 2007 By: Rupert Murdoch Source: Forbes

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repudiate repudiate
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