discountenance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v discountenance show disapproval by discouraging "any measure tending to fuse invalids into a class with special privileges should be discountenanced"
    • v discountenance look with disfavor on "The republic soon discountenanced its few friends"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discountenance 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. "A town meeting was convened to discountenance riot."
    • Discountenance To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash. "How would one look from his majestic brow . . . Discountenance her despised!""The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation."
    • n Discountenance Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage. "He thought a little discountenance on those persons would suppress that spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discountenance To put out of countenance; put to shame; abash.
    • discountenance 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 discountenance Cold treatment; unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discountenance dis-kown′ten-ans (obs.) to put out of countenance: to abash: to refuse countenance or support to: to discourage
    • n Discountenance cold treatment: disapprobation
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + countenance,: cf. OF. descontenancer, F. décontenancer,

Usage

In literature:

But to discountenance nagging is not to encourage laudation, adulation, or encomium, or even praise.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, June 7, 1916" by Various
Let them in their several stations encourage virtue and discountenance vice in others.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
As an Association they are pledged to discountenance just what I did.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
All citizens are urged to discountenance the building of fires.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Every opportunity, therefore, should be taken to discountenance that false and vulgar opinion, that rules are the fetters of genius.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
You promise to respect genuine brethren, and discountenance impostors and all dissenters from the original plan of Masonry?
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
History discountenances this assumption, and Biology plainly disproves it.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
Be careful to discountenance in children anything that looks like rage and furious anger.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
It was plainly an array of evidence to discountenance me.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Discountenance and banish strange doctrines, in order to exalt correct doctrines.
"The Japanese Spirit" by Yoshisaburo Okakura
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