- He inwardly grinned along with Elizabeth, but both of them kept impassive countenances in front of their son.
- Several portraits feature beautiful faces, some with deeply lined, wizened countenances.
- The servant, as that was now what he all-too-obviously was, prayed no one would notice his slip of the tongue, but clearly they remained unanswered by the expressions on everyone's surprised and confused countenances.
- The man, appropriately, shone his countenance approvingly upon her.
- We all know the ABC would never give countenance to the perverted influence of base and vulgar advertising.
- 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?
- Not coincidentally, this came just as he was countenancing the possibility of employing his services elsewhere.
- Capital punishment has been outlawed most places, and even where it is allowed, brutality of that kind would not be countenanced.
- We think countenancing any other position would totally undermine our members going about their duty and put them at phenomenal risk.
keep one's countenance
- Maintain one’s composure, especially by refraining from laughter.Example sentences
- For my part I decided that for once in my life it was wisest to keep my countenance.
- Party leaders, however, apparently kept their countenance to avoid getting involved in any issues related to party reform.[, waiting to see what President Chen wanted, Hong said.]
- Rachel could continue to sense his scrutiny, and because of that kept her countenance strictly controlled.
keep someone in countenance
- Help someone to remain calm and confident: to keep herself in countenance she opened her notebookMore example sentences
- It is his[Putin's] reward for letting the [ABM] treaty go down the tubes without throwing a temper tantrum, and it keeps him in countenance at home.
- This, however, serves to keep me in countenance, that others, endowed with much superior knowledge, and quicker penetration, have not been more successful than myself.
- But the thought of having that venerable hero to keep me in countenance emboldens me to risk everything; I am no older than he.
out of countenance
- Disconcerted or unpleasantly surprised: I put him clean out of countenance just by looking at himMore example sentences
- Let death itself stare him in the face, he will presumptuously maintain his hope, as if he would look the grim messenger out of countenance.
- Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way.
- The fox was too wily to be put out of countenance by even such a surprise as this.
Middle English: from Old French contenance 'bearing, behaviour', from contenir (see contain). The early sense was 'bearing, demeanour', also 'facial expression', hence 'the face'.
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