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If unhappily thrown among them, discountenance them to the utmost.

As an Association they are pledged to discountenance just what I did.

All citizens are urged to discountenance the building of fires.

He would not allow stone-flinging, because it was a habit of his to discountenance it.

Let them in their several stations encourage virtue and discountenance vice in others.

Her approbation was olive oil; her discountenance prickly heat.

He has stationed himself there merely to watch and discountenance her.

Nor does He discountenance earnest activity in the duties of the present.

I discountenance and disapprove of any and all such practices.

It was absolutely necessary to discountenance these personal applications.

WORD ORIGIN

"put to shame," 1570s, from Middle French descontenancer (16c.) "to abash," from des- (see dis-) + contenancer (see countenance).

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