complexion


com·plex·ion

noun \kəm-ˈplek-shən\

: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face

: the general appearance or character of something

Full Definition of COMPLEXION

1
:  the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2
a :  an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b :  a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3
:  the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face <a dark complexion>
4
:  overall aspect or character <by changing the complexion of the legislative branch — Trevor Armbrister>
com·plex·ion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
com·plex·ioned \-shənd\ adjective

Examples of COMPLEXION

  1. She has a dark complexion.
  2. All of the children had healthy complexions.
  3. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.

Origin of COMPLEXION

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to COMPLEXION

com·plex·ion

noun \kəm-ˈplek-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMPLEXION

1
: the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2
: the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face <a dark complexion>
com·plex·ioned \-shənd\ adjective

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