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English noun: countenance

1. countenance (attribute) the appearance conveyed by a person's face


SamplesA pleasant countenance.
A stern visage.


Synonymsvisage


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect


Narrower (hyponym)aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look, poker face

2. countenance (communication) formal and explicit approval


SamplesA Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement.


Synonymsendorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant


Broader (hypernym)approval, commendation


Narrower (hyponym)nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, visa

3. countenance (body) the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)


Synonymskisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage


Broader (hypernym)face, human face


Narrower (hyponym)pudding face, pudding-face


Part meronymhuman head


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Domain usagecolloquialism


English verb: countenance

1. countenance (communication) consent to, give permission


SamplesShe 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.


Synonymsallow, let, permit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)accept, consent, go for


Narrower (hyponym)abide, admit, admit, allow, allow in, authorise, authorize, bear, brook, clear, decriminalise, decriminalize, digest, endure, favor, favour, furlough, give, include, intromit, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize, let in, let in, pass, permit, privilege, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate, tolerate, trust


Verb groupallow, grant


Antonymsdisallow, forbid, nix, prohibit, proscribe, interdict, veto









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