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countenance sb. (the precise meaning of many instances is doubtful)
1. bearing, demeanour AYL. II. vii. 108 “the Of stern commandment,” Shr. IV. ii. 65, V. i. 41*, 1H4 V. i. 69 “unkind usage, dangerous ,” Lr. I. ii. 177.
2. (?) show, pretence Meas. V. i. 119 “the evil which is here wrapt up In countenance.”
3. favour, patronage AYL. I. i. 19*, 1H4 I. ii. 33 “under whose we steal,” 174, 2H4 IV. ii. 13, 24, Cor. V. v. [vi.] 40, Ham. I. iii. 113 “hath given to his speech.”
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