countenance

The noun countenance means the face or its expression. If you're a great poker player, you probably have a calm countenance.

Countenance comes from a French word for "behavior," but it has become a fancy term for either the expression of a face or the face itself: "He had a puzzled countenance," or "what a charming countenance!" Countenance can also be a verb meaning to tolerate or approve. If someone does something offensive, tell them, "I'm afraid I can't countenance that."

Definitions of countenance
  1. noun
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    “a pleasant countenance
    synonyms: visage
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    aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look
    the feelings expressed on a person's face
    poker face
    a face without any interpretable expression (as that of a good poker player)
    leer
    a suggestive or sneering look or grin
    light, spark, sparkle, twinkle
    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
    type of:
    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  2. noun
    the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
    synonyms: kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage
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    pudding face, pudding-face
    a large fat human face
    type of:
    face, human face
    the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
  3. verb
    consent to, give permission
    synonyms: allow, let, permit
    allow, grant
    let have
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    disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
    command against
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    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    furlough
    grant a leave to
    give
    allow to have or take
    allow, permit, tolerate
    allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting
    authorise, authorize, clear, pass
    grant authorization or clearance for
    admit, include, let in
    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
    favor, favour, privilege
    bestow a privilege upon
    decriminalise, decriminalize, legalise, legalize, legitimate, legitimatise, legitimatize, legitimise, legitimize
    make legal
    trust
    allow without fear
    admit, allow in, intromit, let in
    allow to enter; grant entry to
    accept, live with, swallow
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    hold still for, stand for
    tolerate or bear
    bear up
    endure cheerfully
    take lying down
    suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
    take a joke
    listen to a joke at one's own expense
    sit out
    endure to the end
    pay
    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
    approbate
    approve or sanction officially
    certificate
    authorize by certificate
    O.K., approve, okay, sanction
    give sanction to
    induct, initiate
    accept people into an exclusive society or group, usually with some rite
    readmit
    admit again or anew
    declare
    authorize payments of
    certify, licence, license
    authorize officially
    commission
    charge with a task
    formalise, formalize, validate
    declare or make legally valid
    monetise, monetize
    give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country
    repatriate
    admit back into the country
    readmit
    admit anew
    involve
    engage as a participant
    type of:
    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  4. noun
    formal and explicit approval
    synonyms: endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, sanction, warrant
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    O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey
    an endorsement
    visa
    an endorsement made in a passport that allows the bearer to enter the country issuing it
    nihil obstat
    the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church
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    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
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