Definition of complexion in English:

complexion

Syllabification: com·plex·ion
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplekSHən
 
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noun

  • 1The natural color, texture, and appearance of a person’s skin, especially of the face: an attractive girl with a pale complexion
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    • She had waist length, ebony hair and her skin complexion wasn't too pale nor too dark.
    • It is believed to help clear the complexion and give the skin a fine texture and bring out its natural glow.
    • My only worry is, I don't think orange is a colour that suits my complexion.
    Synonyms
    skin, skin color, skin tone; pigmentation
  • 2The general aspect or character of something: Congress’s new complexion became boldly apparent last summer wind, rain, and road construction have gradually changed Baja’s complexion
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    • Nearly every song on A Treasury is a show-stopper, and the track selection is fine, spotlighting Drake's weighty insights and limning the various complexions of his character.
    • Pronger and Blake can change the complexion of the game just by being on the ice, and believe me, they will be on the ice a lot.
    • That, obviously, would have changed the complexion of the whole game.
    Synonyms
    perspective, angle, slant, interpretation; appearance, light, looktype, kind, sort; nature, character, stamp, ilk, kidney

Derivatives

complexioned

adjective
[often in combination]: they were both fair-complexioned

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin complexio(n-) 'combination' (in late Latin 'physical constitution'), from complectere 'embrace, comprise'. The term originally denoted physical constitution or temperament determined by the combination of the four bodily humors, hence sense 1 (late 16th century) as a visible sign of this.

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