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Definition 1: the appearance conveyed by a person's face - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where countenance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a pleasant countenance
  • a stern visage

Synonyms for countenance in the sense of this definition

(countenance is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

(... is a kind of countenance ) the feelings expressed on a person's face

"a sad expression" "a look of triumph" "an angry face"

(... is a kind of countenance ) a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)

Definition 2: the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British) - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for countenance in the sense of this definition

(countenance is a kind of ...) the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

"he washed his face" "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"

(... is a kind of countenance ) a large fat human face

(... is part of countenance) the head of a human being

(countenance belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

(countenance is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 3: formal and explicit approval - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where countenance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement

Synonyms for countenance in the sense of this definition

(countenance is a kind of ...) a message expressing a favorable opinion

"words of approval seldom passed his lips"

(... is a kind of countenance ) an endorsement

"they gave us the O.K. to go ahead"

(... is a kind of countenance ) an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it

(... is a kind of countenance ) 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

Definition 4: consent to, give permission - [verb of communication]

Samples where countenance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for countenance in the sense of this definition

(countenance is a kind of ...) give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

"I cannot accept your invitation" "I go for this resolution"

(... is a kind of countenance ) put up with something or somebody unpleasant

"I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

(... is a kind of countenance ) allow without fear

(... is a kind of countenance ) make legal

"Marijuana should be legalized"

(... is a kind of countenance ) bestow a privilege upon

(... is a kind of countenance ) allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

"admit someone to the profession" "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"

(... is a kind of countenance ) allow to enter; grant entry to

"We cannot admit non-members into our club building" "This pipe admits air"

(... is a kind of countenance ) grant authorization or clearance for

"Clear the manuscript for publication" "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"

(... is a kind of countenance ) allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting

"We don't allow dogs here" "Children are not permitted beyond this point" "We cannot tolerate smoking in the hospital"

(... is a kind of countenance ) allow to have or take

"I give you two minutes to respond"

(... is a kind of countenance ) grant a leave to

"The prisoner was furloughed for the weekend to visit her children"

(countenance has a similar meaning as ...) let have

"grant permission" "Mandela was allowed few visitors in prison"

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