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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of countenance.


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  • So she talked to the young man of his mother, and he showed her the daguerrotype of the girl he loved; and at last she confided to him her anxieties for Betty's manners and the Governor's health, and her timid wonder that the Bible "countenanced" slavery.

    The Battle Ground

  • In the original trial presided over by Justice Cowdroy, "countenanced" was considered to be the same as direct approval.

    ARN Daily

  • For these couples and the community that countenanced their behavior, marriage was not tightly bound for life; marital bonds could be broken.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It was an organized move on the part of the sailors, evidently countenanced by the captain; for by the time we arrived where the gangway had been, it was being hoisted up, and the skiff, slung in the ship's davits, was likewise flying aloft out of reach.


  • Thatcher's biographer Hugo Young said Britain's possession of an independent nuclear deterrent was the aspect of her inheritance about which she countenanced least argument.

    Thatcher went behind cabinet's back with Trident purchase

  • While working at the Bristol Old Vic in the late 1980s, she was approached to direct an opera, an idea she'd never countenanced before, she says, because it felt like such an exclusive club.

    Phyllida Lloyd: how to humanise Margaret Thatcher

  • Benedict did not mean such congradulations as a signal that he countenanced abortion but it had the effect on Catholic leaders of throwing off their instincts as to what to do in social situations touching on this issue and touching on public figures who supported abortion.

    The funeral and the letter

  • There is no way that he would have countenanced that.

    Revealed: the link between Liam Fox donors and Tory HQ

  • The result is that fewer disciplinary actions are taken and more dereliction of duty is countenanced.

    Henry J. Stern: To Do or Not to Do

  • The cant marketing phrase "instant classic" wasn't to be countenanced.

    What's So Super About Super Injunctions?


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