Complexion meaning

kəm-plĕkshən
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The definition of complexion is the natural color and characteristics of your skin or the general appearance or nature of something.

When you have very pale white skin, this is an example of a situation where you have a ghostly or ivory complexion.

When a neighborhood is run down, this is an example of the complexion of the neighborhood.

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The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
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General character, aspect, or appearance.

Findings that will alter the complexion of the problem.

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A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude.

A conservative political complexion.

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The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.
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The color, texture, and general appearance of the skin, esp. of the face.
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General appearance or nature; character; aspect.
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The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
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The quality, colour, or appearance of the skin on the face.

A rugged complexion; a sunburnt complexion.

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Outlook, attitude, or point of view.
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(figuratively) The outward appearance of something.
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Origin of complexion

  • Middle English complexioun physical constitution from Old French complexion from Late Latin complexiō complexiōn- balance of the humors from Latin combination from complexus past participle of complectī to entwine complect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English complexion (“temperament”), from Old French complexion, French complexion, from Latin complexio (“a combination, connection, period”), from complecti, past participle complexus (“to entwine, encompass”)

    From Wiktionary