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 Dictionary entry overview: What does countenance mean? 

  The noun COUNTENANCE has 3 senses:

1. the appearance conveyed by a person's face
2. formal and explicit approval
3. the human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British)

  Familiarity information: COUNTENANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

  The verb COUNTENANCE has 1 sense:

1. consent to, give permission

  Familiarity information: COUNTENANCE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1countenance [BACK TO TOP]


The appearance conveyed by a person's face

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


countenance; visage

Context examples:

a pleasant countenance / a stern visage

Hypernyms ("countenance" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "countenance"):

aspect; expression; face; facial expression; look (the feelings expressed on a person's face)

poker face (a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player))

Sense 2countenance [BACK TO TOP]


Formal and explicit approval

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


sanction; imprimatur; countenance; endorsement; indorsement; warrant

Context example:

a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement

Hypernyms ("countenance" is a kind of...):

approval; commendation (a message expressing a favorable opinion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "countenance"):

nihil obstat (the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church)

visa (an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it)

O.K.; OK; okay; okeh; okey (an endorsement)

Sense 3countenance [BACK TO TOP]


The human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts


visage; physiognomy; smiler; phiz; kisser; mug; countenance

Hypernyms ("countenance" is a kind of...):

face; human face (the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "countenance"):

pudding face; pudding-face (a large fat human face)

Holonyms ("countenance" is a part of...):

human head (the head of a human being)


Sense 1countenance [BACK TO TOP]


Consent to, give permission

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


countenance; permit; allow; let

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "countenance" is one way to...):

accept; consent; go for (give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "countenance"):

trust (allow without fear)

decriminalise; decriminalize; legalise; legalize; legitimate; legitimatise; legitimatize; legitimise; legitimize (make legal)

favor; favour; privilege (bestow a privilege upon)

admit; include; let in (allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of)

authorise; authorize; clear; pass (grant authorization or clearance for)

allow; permit; tolerate (allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting)

give (allow to have or take)

furlough (grant a leave to)

abide; bear; brook; digest; endure; put up; stand; stick out; stomach; suffer; support; tolerate (put up with something or somebody unpleasant)

admit; allow in; intromit; let in (allow to enter; grant entry to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

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