That kind of smart person cannot countenance the idea of obscurity as a fate.
Mandelson has not said sorry, if he had to resign again even Lazarus would not countenance a third comeback.
The larger of the two government parties, Fine Gael, has said it will not countenance legal abortion in Ireland.
I cannot countenance any more breathless, fanzine-style chronicling of her attire.
His opponent in the American election, Mitt Romney, has at times seemed more willing to countenance a unilateral Israeli strike.
His countenance was ruddy, and he had a small black moustache.
Stern displeasure was visible in the countenance of the great sculptor.
Elizabeth started, and her countenance became pale as death.
He gazed on the bright landscape, as if it had been the countenance of a friend.
But, just with the first peep of day, I got a glimpse of his countenance.
mid-13c., from Old French contenance "demeanor, bearing, conduct," from Latin continentia "restraint, abstemiousness, moderation," literally "way one contains oneself," from continentem, present participle of continere (see contain). Meaning evolving Middle English from "appearance" to "facial expression betraying a state of mind," to "face" itself (late 14c.).
late 15c., "to behave or act," from countenance (n.). Sense of "to favor, patronize" is from 1560s, from notion of "to look upon with sanction or smiles." Related: Countenanced; countenancing.