Definition of discountenance:
- To refuse to countenance, or give the support of one's approval to; to give one's influence against; to restrain by cold treatment; to discourage.
- To ruffle or discompose the countenance of; to put of countenance; to put to shame; to abash.
- Unfavorable aspect; unfriendly regard; cold treatment; disapprobation; whatever tends to check or discourage.
Macaulay, afterwards Lord Macaulay, was an Indian official at the time, and he penned a notable report on education in India, in which he belittled vernacular learning and asserted that the Government of India would do well to discountenance it altogether, and to introduce western learning and the study of English literature into all schools under Government control, and to make it a rule that the English language was to be the only medium of instruction.- "The Story of Madras", Glyn Barlow.
- "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
It has led some men, even of the highest talents, to doubt the expediency of that method, under any circumstances, and either to discountenance the whole matter, or invent other schemes by which they hoped to be more successful.- "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.