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Syllabification: com·plex·ion
Pronunciation: /kəmˈplekSHən

Definition of complexion in English:


1The natural color, 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.
skin, skin color, skin tone;
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.
perspective, angle, slant, interpretation;
appearance, light, look
type, kind, sort;
nature, character, stamp, ilk, kidney


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.



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

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