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* Armenian: {{t-|hy|դեմք|tr=demk’}}, {{t-|hy|դեմքի արտահայտություն|tr=demk’i artahaytut’yun}}
 
* Armenian: {{t-|hy|դեմք|tr=demk’}}, {{t-|hy|դեմքի արտահայտություն|tr=demk’i artahaytut’yun}}
 
* Bulgarian: {{t-|bg|изражение на лицето}}
 
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*: Mandarin: {{t|zh|面容|sc=Hani}}
 
* Czech: {{t+|cs|výraz|m}}
 
* Czech: {{t+|cs|výraz|m}}
 
* Danish: {{t+|da|ansigt|n}}, {{t-|da|mine|c}}
 
* Danish: {{t+|da|ansigt|n}}, {{t-|da|mine|c}}

Revision as of 11:27, 18 October 2012

English

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Etymology

Anglo-Norman, from Latin contineō(hold together).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(No language code specified.): /ˈkaʊn.tɪ.nəns/, /ˈkaʊn.tən.əns/
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Noun

countenance ‎(plural countenances)

  1. Appearance, especially the features and expression of the face.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV):, Genesis 4:5
      But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

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Verb

countenance ‎(third-person singular simple present countenances, present participle countenancing, simple past and past participle countenanced)

  1. Template:transitive To tolerate, support, sanction, patronise or approve of something.
    The cruel punishment was countenanced by the government, although it was not officially legal.
    • 1925, Franz Kafka, The Trial, Vintage Books (London), pg. 99:
      For the Defence was not actually countenanced by the Law, but only tolerated, and there were differences of opinion even on that point, whether the Law could be interpreted to admit such tolerances at all.

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Anglo-Norman

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Noun

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  1. appearance; countenance
    e moustre par contenance q'il ad honte de ceo q'il ad fet
    And he showed by his appearance that he was ashamed of what he had done.