countenance (v.)
face up to, confront
Ham IV.i.32[Claudius to Gertrude, of Polonius' murder] this vile deed / We must ... / Both countenance and excuse
Mac II.iii.77[Macduff calling to Malcolm and Banquo, of the King's murder] As from your graves rise up and walk like sprites / To countenance this horror
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