English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'countenance'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abet
Definition
to help or encourage in wrongdoing
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
in the sense of aid
Definition
money, equipment, or services provided for people in need
He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
in the sense of aid
Definition
to help financially or in other ways
a software system to aid managers in decision-making
Synonyms
be of service to,
lend a hand to,
give a leg up to (informal)

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