What is countenance?

  • (noun): The human face ('kisser' and 'smiler' and 'mug' are informal terms for 'face' and 'phiz' is British).
    Synonyms: physiognomy, phiz, visage, kisser, smiler, mug
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "countenance":

  • (noun): The appearance conveyed by a person's face.
    Example: "A pleasant countenance"
    Synonyms: visage

Famous quotes containing the word countenance:

    Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
    Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

    We all cry out that the world is corrupt,—and I fear too justly,—but we never reflect, what we have to thank for it, and that it is our open countenance of vice, which gives the lye to our private censures of it, which is its chief protection and encouragement.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)