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Countenance, subst. 1) face, air: As IV, 1, 37. Shr. IV, 2, 200. Wint. I, 2, 343. V, 2, 52. H6A I, 4, 47. Troil. IV, 5, 195. Tit. I, 263. Lr. I, 4, 30. Ant. IV, 14, 85. Cymb. III, 4, 14. cf. the quibble in LLL V, 2, 611. 623 and Ant. II, 2, 181. “such Ethiope words, blacker in their effect than in their c.” As IV, 3, 36. The following passages lead over to the subsequent significations: “which I will do with confirmed c.” Ado V, 4, 17. “such a confirmed c.” Cor. I, 3, 65. “lift up your c.” Wint. IV, 4, 49 (== be gay, take courage). “do but mark the c. that he will give me,” H4B V, 5, 8. “change my c.” H6B III, 1, 99. “subject to your c.” H8 II, 4, 26. “some news is come that turns their --s,” Cor. IV, 6, 59.
2) calmness of mien, assurance: “Biron was out of c.” LLL V, 2, 272. “put out of c.” LLL V, 2, 272 LLL V, 2, 272 “we have put thee in c.” LLL V, 2, 272 “set your c.” Shr. IV, 4, 18. “sleep day out of c.” Ant. II, 2, 181.
3) appearance, deportment: “the something that nature gave me, his c. seems to take from me,” As I, 1, 19. “therefore put I on the c. of stern commandment,” II, 7, 108. “puts my apparel and my c. on,” Shr. I, 1, 234. “in gait and c. like a father,” IV, 2, 65. “he seems to cozen somebody under my c.” V, 1, 41. “he did bear my c. in the town,” V, 1, 41 “how he holds his c.” H4A II, 4, 432. “by unkind usage, dangerous c.” V, 1, 69. his (the horse's) “c. enforces homage,” H5 III, 7, 30. “his altered c.” H6B III, 1, 5. Troil. I, 2, 218. Lr. I, 2, 172.
4) authority, credit, patronage: “when your c. filled up his line, then lacked I matter,” Sonn. 86, 13. “you should lay my c. to pawn,” Wiv. II, 2, 5. “unfold the evil which is here wrapped up in c.” Meas. V, 118. “under whose c. we steal,” H4A I, 2, 33. “want c.” H4A I, 2, 33 “gave his c. to laugh at gibing boys,” III, 2, 65. “abuse the c. of the king,” H4B IV, 2, 13. H4B IV, 2, 13 “a knave should have some c. at his friend's request,” V, 1, 49. “under the c. of Lady Eleanor,” H6B II, 1, 168. “he waged me with his c.” Cor. V, 6, 40. “that which would appear offence in us, his c. will change to virtue,” Caes. I, 3, 159. “hath given c. to his speech with almost all the holy vows of heaven,” Hml. I, 3, 113. “soaks up the king's c.” IV, 2, 16. “should have c. to drown themselves,” V, 1, 30. “we'll use his c. for the battle,” Lr. V, 1, 63.
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