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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Countenance \Coun"te*nance\ (koun"t?-nans), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Countenanced (-nanst); p. pr. & vb. n. Countenancing.] 1. To encourage; to favor; to approve; to aid; to abet. [1913 Webster] This conceit, though countenanced by learned men, is not made out either by experience or reason. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] Error supports custom, custom countenances error. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a show of; to pretend. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Which to these ladies love did countenance. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]