Noun(1) the appearance conveyed by a person's face(2) formal and explicit approval(3) the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British
Verb(1) consent to, give permission
(1) he was reluctant to countenance the use of force(2) his impenetrable eyes and inscrutable countenance give little away(3) No judicial countenance can or ought to be given in matters of taxation to any system of extra-legal concessions.(4) Moyes cannot help but countenance going the same way.(5) We all know the ABC would never give countenance to the perverted influence of base and vulgar advertising.(6) This was an insult he could no longer countenance , and so he had decided that all high-risk surgeries would be transferred to another hospital.(7) The man, appropriately, shone his countenance approvingly upon her.(8) she was giving her specific countenance to the occasion(9) Is there any parent who would argue for, or countenance , the early evacuation of one sick child from an Intensive Care Unit bed in favour of their own child?(10) Not coincidentally, this came just as he was countenancing the possibility of employing his services elsewhere.(11) But the arrogance that enables Cassell to be such a reliable shooter in the clutch prevents him from countenancing the fact that he's a defensive liability.(12) It was the perfect damsel-in-distress expression, she'd seen executed on the countenances of several ladies.(13) Her intense awareness of the camera's abilities is registered in every detail of her pictures, in the precision of their compositions, and in the countenances of her subjects.(14) A quick glance at some of the figures, ironically, and several of the figures seem to resemble one another, with their pointed headdresses and bug-eyed countenances .(15) The Greenheads are humanoid - human like - but their countenances and outlines are conspicuously similar to the Grays, the archetypal aliens who appear in abduction stories in popular culture.(16) A monk gazes upward through a dark chapel towards a shining stained-glass triptych; a nun gazes across a black expanse at a candle flame; wizened, benevolent countenances are upturned, and the light of faith shines down upon them.