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discountenance

[dis-koun-tn-uh ns] /dɪsˈkaʊn tn əns/
verb (used with object), discountenanced, discountenancing.
1.
to disconcert, embarrass, or abash:
With his composure, he survived every attempt to discountenance him.
2.
to show disapproval of:
The teachers discountenanced smoking by the students.
noun
3.
disapproval; disapprobation.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; dis-1 + countenance
Related forms
discountenancer, noun
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  • They also discountenance the use of ardent spirits and do not allow its use.
British Dictionary definitions for discountenance

discountenance

/dɪsˈkaʊntɪnəns/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make ashamed or confused
2.
to disapprove of
noun
3.
disapproval
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Word Origin and History for discountenance
v.

"put to shame," 1570s, from Middle French descontenancer (16c.) "to abash," from des- (see dis-) + contenancer (see countenance).

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