Countenance

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.
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This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is not made out either by experience or reason.
Sir T. Browne.
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Error supports custom, custom countenances error.
Milton.
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2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.]
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Which to these ladies love did countenance.
Spenser.
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