Definition of discountenance in English:


Syllabification: dis·coun·te·nance
Pronunciation: /disˈkountn-əns


[with object] (usually be discountenanced)
  • 1Refuse to approve of (something): a family in which alcohol consumption is discountenanced
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    • That is why a daring mission 63 years ago today - with strength and numbers that might have caused it to be discountenanced as a stunt - had such a powerful effect not only on Americans but also the Japanese leaders and people.
    • There are those who think that if all unfair practices were discountenanced it would add very much to the enjoyment of a country life.
    • They were ‘a community which discountenances the development of a just society predicated on principles of equality and fairness’, he said.
  • 2Disturb the composure of: Amanda was not discountenanced by the accusation
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    • When he yawned, took a book up, said he was hungry or simply went away, she was not discountenanced.
    • They were not discountenanced by the critical argument that a storyteller or a poet who has something to say does not need an artist to help him say it.
    • I was discountenanced, feeling a slow and steady anger rising, a free-floating anger, aimed at no one, no thing as yet.

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