discountenance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French descontenancer (compare French décontenancer).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

discountenance (third-person singular simple present discountenances, present participle discountenancing, simple past and past participle discountenanced)

  1. To have an unfavorable opinion of; to deprecate or disapprove of.
    • Bancroft
      A town meeting was convened to discountenance riot.
  2. To abash, embarrass or disconcert.
    • Milton
      How would one look from his majestic brow [] Discountenance her despised!
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation.