complexion

noun
com·plex·ion | \kəm-ˈplek-shən \

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

2a : 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

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Other Words from complexion

complexional \kəm-ˈplek-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \kəm-ˈplek-shənd \ adjective

Examples of complexion in a Sentence

She has a dark complexion. All of the children had healthy complexions. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.
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The man is described as a black man, between 35- and 45-years-old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, medium build with medium complexion. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Would-be thief attempts to smash bullet proof glass around Tosa gas station cash register with a hammer," 10 July 2018 Brash radio personality Charlamagne tha God also walks into the crosshairs of the 6 God, with a shot at Charlamagne's skin complexion. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From Side A of Drake's 'Scorpion' Album: Critic's Take," 29 June 2018 Photos of Sosa appearing with a much lighter complexion first surfaced at a 2009 musical awards show. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Sammy Sosa doesn't care what people think about his skin bleaching," 28 June 2018 Image Done correctly, exfoliation helps your skin purge dead cells, revealing a better complexion underneath. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "Exfoliation Tips for the Best Skin Ever," 25 June 2018 What’s your best advice for someone trying to achieve a glowy, radiant complexion? Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Skin-Care Routine Behind TV’s Most Fashionable Assassin," 30 May 2018 This cleanser contains vegan lactic acid (derived from beets) that gently exfoliates, and seaweed that hydrates and balances for a glowing AF complexion. 2. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Tricks for Getting Rid of Pimples (Almost) Overnight," 6 Apr. 2018 Image In a reflection of the increasing international complexion of N.H.L. rosters, this year’s first round could see more Americans and Europeans chosen than Canadians. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "N.H.L. Is Expected to Bring Another Tkachuk Into the Fold," 21 June 2018 The complexion of Landis’s lawsuit changed dramatically in 2013, when Holder, acting on behalf of the federal government, co-signed onto the lawsuit. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Was It the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle in His Lawsuit With the U.S. Government?," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of complexion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

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complexion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexion

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

: the general appearance or character of something

complexion

noun
com·plex·ion | \kəm-ˈplek-shən \

Kids Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion

complexion

noun
com·plex·ion | \kəm-ˈplek-shən \

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

Other Words from complexion

complexioned \-shənd \ adjective

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