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English noun: countenance

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

SamplesA pleasant countenance.
A stern visage.


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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