Discountenancing
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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