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complexion

Line breaks: com|plex¦ion
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplɛkʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of complexion in English:

noun

1The natural colour, texture, and appearance of a person’s skin, especially of the face: an attractive girl with a pale complexion
More example sentences
  • 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 colour, skin colouring, skin tone, skin texture, pigmentation
2The general aspect or character of something: the complexion of the game changed successive governments of all complexions
More example sentences
  • 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;
aspect, appearance, light, look, countenance

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 humours, hence sense 1 (late 16th century) as a visible sign of this.

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  • This came via Old French from Latin complectere ‘embrace, comprise’. The term originally referred to a person's physical constitution to temperament once believed to be determined by a combination of the four bodily humours: blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. This gave rise, in the late 16th century, to the meaning ‘natural colour and texture of a person's skin’ as a visible sign of this temperament. Complex (mid 17th century), something that comprises many things, is from the same source.

Derivatives

complexioned

1
adjective
[in combination]: they were both fair-complexioned

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