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Dictionary definition for: Countenance

1. (n) the appearance conveyed by a person''s face; "a pleasant countenance" "a stern visage"

2. (v) consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband" "I won''t let the police search her basement" "I cannot allow you to see your exam"

3. (n) formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union''s endorsement"

4. (n) the human face (`kisser" and "smiler" and "mug" are informal terms for "face" and "phiz" is British)

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