countenance (n.)
favour, patronage, approval
1H4 I.ii.154[Falstaff to Poins] the poor abuses of the time want countenance
1H4 I.ii.29[Falstaff to Prince Hal] we be men of good government, being governed ... by our noble and chaste mistress the moon, under whose countenance we steal
2H4 IV.ii.13[Prince John to Archbishop] That man that sits within a monarch's heart ... / Would he abuse the countenance of the king?
2H4 V.i.38[Davy to Shallow] a knave should have some countenance at his friend's request
2H4 V.v.7[Falstaff to Shallow, of King Henry V] do but mark the countenance that he will give me [or: sense 2]
2H6 II.i.163[Buckingham to King] A sort of naughty persons ... / Under the countenance and confederacy / Of Lady Eleanor
Cor V.vi.40[Aufidius to Conspirators, of Coriolanus] He waged me with his countenance as if / I had been mercenary [or sense 2]
Ham IV.ii.15[Hamlet to and of Rosencrantz] a sponge ... that soaks up the King's countenance
Ham V.i.27[First Clown to Second Clown] pity that great folk should have countenance in this world to drown or hang
MM V.i.118[Isabella praying, of the Duke and Angelo] Unfold the evil which is here wrapped up / In countenance [unclear meaning: hidden by royal privilege; or, artificial demeanour]
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