Synonyms of countenance
1 faceDictionary (literary) • He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
face • He was walking around with a sad face.
expression • He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
look • They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
appearance • He had the appearance of a college student.
aspect • The snowy tree assumed a dumb, lifeless aspect.
mien (literary) • his mild manner and aristocratic mien
physiognomy • his thick black hair and bony Irish physiognomy
2 supportDictionary • Those who remained could hope for no countenance or advancement.
support • They are prepared to resort to violence in support of their views.
assistance • He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
backing • He said the president had the full backing of his government.
aid • He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
favour • He wanted to win the favour of the voters.
sanction • The king could not enact laws without the sanction of parliament.
approval • The proposed modifications met with widespread approval.
endorsement • This is a powerful endorsement of his style of governing.
3 composureDictionary • I kept my countenance and remained self-possessed.
composure • Stopping briefly to regain her composure, she described her ordeal.
cool (slang) • She kept her cool and managed to get herself out of the situation.
poise • It took a moment for Mark to recover his poise.
coolness • They praised him for his coolness under pressure.
aplomb • The cast executed the production with professional aplomb.
calmness • He faced his ordeal with admirable calmness.
equanimity • He faced his defeat with equanimity.
self-assurance • They had confidence and self-assurance.
sang-froid • He behaves throughout with a certain sang-froid.
self-possession • She found her customary self-possession had deserted her.
tolerateDictionary • He would not countenance his daughter marrying while she was still a student.
tolerate • I will not tolerate breaches of the code of conduct.
sanction • He may seem ready to sanction the use of force.
endorse • I can endorse this statement wholeheartedly.
encourage • Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
approve • MPs approved the bill by a majority of 97.
endure • I simply can't endure another moment of her company.
brook • The army will brook no weakening of its power.
stand for (informal)
hack (slang) • I can't hack all the violence
put up with (informal)
back • He is backed by the civic movement.
help • If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.
aid • a software system to aid managers in decision-making
champion • He passionately championed the poor.
commend • I can commend it to you as a sensible course of action.
abet • We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
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abetIf one person abets another, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. Abet is often used in the legal expression 'aid and abet'.
• We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
aidAid is also a noun.
• He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
aidTo aid someone means to help or assist them.
• a software system to aid managers in decision-making
Thesaurus for countenance from the Collins English Thesaurus
the face, esp when considered as expressing a person's character or mood