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 : 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>
Examples of complexion
She has a dark complexion.
All of the children had healthy complexions.
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
Rhymes with complexion
abjection, advection, affection, bisection, collection, confection, connection, convection, correction, cross section, C-section, defection, deflection, dejection, detection, direction, ejection, election, erection, infection, inflection, injection, inspection, midsection, objection, perfection, prelection, projection, protection, refection, reflection, rejection, resection, selection, subjection, subsection, trajection, transection, trisection
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>
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