discountenance


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dis·coun·te·nance

 (dĭs-koun′tə-nəns)
tr.v. dis·coun·te·nanced, dis·coun·te·nanc·ing, dis·coun·te·nanc·es
1. To view or treat with disfavor.
2. To put out of countenance; disconcert.
n.
Disfavor or disapproval.

discountenance

(dɪsˈkaʊntɪnəns)
vb (tr)
1. to make ashamed or confused
2. to disapprove of
n
disapproval

dis•coun•te•nance

(dɪsˈkaʊn tn əns)

v. -nanced, -nanc•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to disconcert, embarrass, or abash.
2. to show disapproval of.
n.
3. disapproval; disapprobation.
[1570–80]

discountenance


Past participle: discountenanced
Gerund: discountenancing

Imperative
discountenance
discountenance
Present
I discountenance
you discountenance
he/she/it discountenances
we discountenance
you discountenance
they discountenance
Preterite
I discountenanced
you discountenanced
he/she/it discountenanced
we discountenanced
you discountenanced
they discountenanced
Present Continuous
I am discountenancing
you are discountenancing
he/she/it is discountenancing
we are discountenancing
you are discountenancing
they are discountenancing
Present Perfect
I have discountenanced
you have discountenanced
he/she/it has discountenanced
we have discountenanced
you have discountenanced
they have discountenanced
Past Continuous
I was discountenancing
you were discountenancing
he/she/it was discountenancing
we were discountenancing
you were discountenancing
they were discountenancing
Past Perfect
I had discountenanced
you had discountenanced
he/she/it had discountenanced
we had discountenanced
you had discountenanced
they had discountenanced
Future
I will discountenance
you will discountenance
he/she/it will discountenance
we will discountenance
you will discountenance
they will discountenance
Future Perfect
I will have discountenanced
you will have discountenanced
he/she/it will have discountenanced
we will have discountenanced
you will have discountenanced
they will have discountenanced
Future Continuous
I will be discountenancing
you will be discountenancing
he/she/it will be discountenancing
we will be discountenancing
you will be discountenancing
they will be discountenancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been discountenancing
you have been discountenancing
he/she/it has been discountenancing
we have been discountenancing
you have been discountenancing
they have been discountenancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been discountenancing
you will have been discountenancing
he/she/it will have been discountenancing
we will have been discountenancing
you will have been discountenancing
they will have been discountenancing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been discountenancing
you had been discountenancing
he/she/it had been discountenancing
we had been discountenancing
you had been discountenancing
they had been discountenancing
Conditional
I would discountenance
you would discountenance
he/she/it would discountenance
we would discountenance
you would discountenance
they would discountenance
Past Conditional
I would have discountenanced
you would have discountenanced
he/she/it would have discountenanced
we would have discountenanced
you would have discountenanced
they would have discountenanced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.discountenance - look with disfavor on; "The republic soon discountenanced its few friends"
shame - cause to be ashamed
2.discountenance - show disapproval by discouraging; "any measure tending to fuse invalids into a class with special privileges should be discountenanced"
disapprove - consider bad or wrong

discountenance

verb
1. To have or express an unfavorable opinion of:
2. To cause (a person) to be self-consciously distressed:
References in classic literature ?
Where a man in any station had given satisfactory evidence of his fitness for it, a new President would be restrained from attempting a change in favor of a person more agreeable to him, by the apprehension that a discountenance of the Senate might frustrate the attempt, and bring some degree of discredit upon himself.
Several important considerations have been touched in the course of these papers, which discountenance the supposition that the operation of the federal government will by degrees prove fatal to the State governments.
The interests of the French crown, endangered at this moment, are to discountenance rebellion in a neighboring nation.
He therefore walked boldly on after the chair in which his lady rode, pursued by a grand huzza, from all the chairmen present, who wisely take the best care they can to discountenance all walking afoot by their betters.
Or should she, confident, As sitting queen adored on Beauty's throne, Descend with all her winning charms begirt To enamour, as the zone of Venus once Wrought that effect on Jove (so fables tell), How would one look from his majestic brow, Seated as on the top of Virtue's hill, Discountenance her despised, and put to rout All her array, her female pride deject, Or turn to reverent awe!
Millward a fool, and he believes it all; but however little you may value the opinions of those about you - however little you may esteem them as individuals, it is not pleasant to be looked upon as a liar and a hypocrite, to be thought to practise what you abhor, and to encourage the vices you would discountenance, to find your good intentions frustrated, and your hands crippled by your supposed unworthiness, and to bring disgrace on the principles you profess.'
The Abubakar Ibrahim campaign organisation says her principal would only enter into an agreement that would better the living standard of the people of the state, urged the delegates and those who have shown concern to the malicious report to discountenance it as it is baseless and unsubstantiated.
Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts.
Toward the preservation of your freedom, and the permanency of your happiness, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to the Constitution's authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon the Constitution's principles.
In a a joint statement, the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineer (NPE) urged the public to discountenance the earlier statement by NAMA Spokesman Supo Atobatele.
He certainly did not subscribe to the strictures of Jeremy Collier, the theatre critic and clergyman who published a pamphlet in 1698 entitled A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage, the Introduction to which starts: The business of Plays is to recommend Virtue, and discountenance Vice; To shew the Uncertainty of Humane Greatness, the sudain Turns of Fate, and the Unhappy Conclusions of Violence and Injustice: 'Tis to expose the Singularities of Pride and Fancy, to make Folly and Falsehood contemptible, and to bring every Thing that is Ill Under Infamy, and Neglect.
I will abstain from all alcoholic liquor and discountenance all the causes and practices of intemperance."