countenance (n.)
position, standing, authority
1H4 III.ii.65[King Henry to Prince Hal] The skipping King ... gave his countenance against his name
KL V.i.63[Edmund alone, of Albany] we'll use / His countenance for the battle
MW II.ii.6[Falstaff to Pistol] I have been content ... you should lay my countenance to pawn [i.e. use my credit to borrow money]
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