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complexion

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noun com·plex·ion \kəm-ˈplek-shən\

Simple Definition of complexion

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

  • : the general appearance or character of something

Full Definition of complexion

  1. 1 :  the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body

  2. 2 a :  an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling b :  a complex of attitudes and inclinations

  3. 3 :  the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face <a dark complexion>

  4. 4 :  overall aspect or character <by changing the complexion of the legislative branch — Trevor Armbrister>

com·plex·ion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
com·plex·ioned play \-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


Medical Dictionary

complexion

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noun com·plex·ion \kəm-ˈplek-shən\

Medical Definition of complexion

  1. 1:  the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body

  2. 2:  the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face <a dark complexion>

  3. com·plex·ioned \-shənd\play adjective






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