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Discountenance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISCOUNTENANCE, v.t. [dis and countenance.]
1. To abash; to ruffle or discompose the countenance; to put to shame; to put out of countenance. [Not used.]
How would one look from his majestic brow--Discountenance her despised.
2. To discourage; to check; to restrain by frowns, censure, arguments, opposition, or cold treatment. The good citizen will discountenance vice by every lawful means.
DISCOUNTENANCE, n. Cold treatment; unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
He thought a little discountenance on those persons would suppress that spirit.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: look with disfavor on; "The republic soon discountenanced its few friends"
2: show disapproval by discouraging; "any measure tending to fuse invalids into a class with special privileges should be discountenanced"

Merriam Webster's

I. transitive verb Date: 1580 1. abash, disconcert 2. to look with disfavor on ; discourage by evidence of disapproval <discountenanced all bellicose statements> II. noun Date: 1580 disapprobation, disfavor

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 (esp. in passive) disconcert (was discountenanced by his abruptness). 2 refuse to countenance; show disapproval of.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Discountenance Dis*coun"te*nance, n. 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. --Clarendon.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Discountenance Dis*coun"te*nance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discountenanced; p. pr. & vb. n. Discountenancing.] [Pref. dis- + countenance: cf. OF. descontenancer, F. d['e]contenancer.] 1. 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! --Milton. The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation. --Sir W. Scott. 2. 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. --Bancroft.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. (Rare.) Abash, put to shame, put out of countenance. 2. Discourage, disfavor, check, frown upon, show disapprobation of.

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