Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Countenance (Page: 331)

Coun"te*nance (koun"t?-nans), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countenanced (-nanst); p. pr. & vb. n. Countenancing.]

1. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet.

This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is not made out either by experience or reason. Sir T. Browne.
Error supports custom, custom countenances error. Milton.

2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.]

Which to these ladies love did countenance. Spenser.