A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles

COUNTENANCE

[noun]

1. appearance, especially the look or expression of the face.

2. the face; visage.

3. calm facial expression; composure.

4. approval or favour; encouragement; moral support.

5. Obsolete: bearing; behaviour.

[verb]

6. to permit or tolerate.

7. to approve, support, or encourage.

Etymology: Middle English cuntenaunce - behaviour, bearing, self-control < Anglo-French cuntena(u)nce < Old French contenance < Latin continentia.

[Courtney Brims]

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