American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To view or treat with disfavor.
- v. To put out of countenance; disconcert.
- n. Disfavor or disapproval.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put out of countenance; put to shame; abash.
- To set the countenance against; show disapprobation of; hence, to discourage, check, or restrain: as, to discountenance the use of wine; to discountenance the frivolities of the age.
- n. Cold treatment; unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
- v. To have an unfavorable opinion of; to deprecate or disapprove
- v. To abash, embarrass or disconcert
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash.
- v. To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain by cold treatment; to discourage.
- n. Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
- v. look with disfavor on
- v. show disapproval by discouraging
“It is a duty society owes to itself to discountenance everything which tends to vitiate public taste.”
“Toward the preservation of your Government and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts.”
“His second duty is to see that nothing is said in the news items or editorials which may discountenance any claims or announcements made by his advertisers, discredit their standing or good faith, or expose any weakness or deception in any business venture that is or may become a valuable advertiser.”
“He predicted Jones would “discountenance the movement under the impression that the United States will have the right, and will be bound to remove the Mexican military from east of the Rio Grande after annexation.””
“The few independent nobles and knights who attended Louis, most of whom had only received from him frowns or discountenance, unappalled by the display of infinitely superior force, and the certainty of destruction in case they came to blows, hastened to array themselves around Dunois, and, led by him, to press towards the head of the table where the contending Princes were seated.”
“In this case, the express line of his duty would have been his vindication, and instead, perhaps of discountenance and blame, he would have had praise and honour from his superior.”
“He has stationed himself there merely to watch and discountenance her.”
“But I was conscious that, in my situation, not to advance was in some Degree to recede, and being naturally unwilling to think that the principle of decay lay in myself, I was at least desirous to know of a certainty, whether the degree of discountenance which I had incurred, was now owing to an ill-managed story, or an ill-chosen subject.”
“Where a man in any station had given satisfactory evidence of his fitness for it, a new President would be restrained from attempting a change in favor of a person more agreeable to him, by the apprehension that a discountenance of the Senate might frustrate the attempt, and bring some degree of discredit upon himself.”
“Osarsiph, Moses or the Moseidæ, was doubtless to discountenance a perversion prejudicial to the increase of population.”
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