Discountenance
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. [1913 Webster]

How would one look from his majestic brow . . . Discountenance her despised! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A town meeting was convened to discountenance riot. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]


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  • Discountenance — Dis*coun te*nance, n. Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage. [1913 Webster] He thought a little discountenance on those persons would suppress that spirit. Clarendon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discountenance — [v1] reject, oppose condemn, count me out*, deprecate, disapprove, discommend, discourage, disesteem, disfavor, dispute, frown on*, hold no brief for*, not go for*, not stand for*, object to, put down, resist, take a dim view of*, take exception… …   New thesaurus

  • discountenance — index bad repute, blame, censor, condemn (ban), condemn (blame), condemnation (blame) …   Law dictionary

  • discountenance — put to shame, 1570s, from M.Fr. descontenancer (16c.) to abash, from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + contenancer (see COUNTENANCE (Cf. countenance)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • discountenance — [dis kount′ n əns] vt. discountenanced, discountenancing [ DIS + COUNTENANCE] 1. to make ashamed or embarrassed; disconcert 2. to refuse approval or support to; discourage …   English World dictionary

  • discountenance — discountenancer, n. /dis kown tn euhns/, v., discountenanced, discountenancing, n. v.t. 1. to disconcert, embarrass, or abash: With his composure, he survived every attempt to discountenance him. 2. to show disapproval of: The teachers… …   Universalium

  • discountenance — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • discountenance — verb a) To have an unfavorable opinion of; to deprecate or disapprove b) To abash, embarrass or disconcert …   Wiktionary

  • discountenance — Synonyms and related words: abash, abashment, baffle, balk, be against, be agin, blast, brave, chagrin, challenge, checkmate, circumvent, confound, confront, confuse, confusion, contravene, counter, counteract, countermand, counterwork, cross,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • discountenance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. disconcert, abash; disapprove of. See hindrance, disapprobation. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. disapprove, frown upon, reject, resist; see disapprove 1 , discourage 1 , oppose 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus… …   English dictionary for students

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