countenance (n.)
favourable appearance, support
Ham I.iii.113[Ophelia to Polonius, of Hamlet] And hath given countenance to his speech, my lord, / With almost all the holy vows of heaven
JC I.iii.159[Casca to Cassius, of Brutus] that which would appear offence in us, / His countenance, like richest alchemy, / Will change to virtue and to worthiness
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