Word of the day

Word of the Day: countenance

This word has appeared in 44 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year. Can you use it in a sentence?

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noun: the appearance or expression conveyed by a person’s face

noun: the human face

noun: formal and explicit approval

verb: consent to, give permission

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The word countenance has appeared in 44 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 13 in “For U.S. Museums With Looted Art, the Indiana Jones Era Is Over” by Graham Bowley:

The dealer seemed to have the correct paperwork. The laws of Egypt appeared to countenance its sale. So it was with considerable enthusiasm in 2017 that the Metropolitan Museum of Art paid nearly $4 million for a gold-plated coffin dating back to the 1st century B.C. It had been created to bury Nedjemankh, a high-ranking priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef of Herakleopolis.

… The investigators found the export license had been forged. The coffin had not, as the permit stated, left Egypt in 1971. It had been illegally excavated in 2011, smuggled to Dubai, then Germany and Paris. When the coffin arrived at the Met, one of the high priest’s finger bones was still attached inside, according to investigators.

Only two years after buying the coffin, the Met agreed to return it to Egypt.

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