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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Discountenance


DISCOUNTENANCE, verb transitive [dis and countenance.]

1. To abash; to ruffle or discompose the countenance; to put to shame; to put out of countenance. [Not used.]

How would one look from his majestic brow--Discountenance her despised.

2. To discourage; to check; to restrain by frowns, censure, arguments, opposition, or cold treatment. The good citizen will discountenance vice by every lawful means.

DISCOUNTENANCE, noun Cold treatment; unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.

He thought a little discountenance on those persons would suppress that spirit.