What does the word discountenance mean?

Usage examples for discountenance

  1. We strongly urged Colonel Michailoff not to violate the sealed treaty and discountenance all the foreigners and Russians who had taken part in making it, for this would but be to imitate the Bolshevik principle of making deceit the leading rule in all acts of state. – Beasts, Men and Gods by Ferdinand Ossendowski
  2. In rare cases a favourite will persuade her lord to retain her pet son and make him heir, but both the Courts and public opinion discountenance this practice. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  3. Now turn thy view to Europe; see the rage Of feudal faction every court engage; All honest labor, all commercial ties Their kings discountenance, their lords despise. – The Columbiad by Joel Barlow