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 feelingb : 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
complexionalplay \kəm-ˈplek-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
complexionedplay \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.
Recent Examples of complexion from the Web
Mantzoukas’ olive complexion has proved to be a challenge for the actor in getting parts early in his career.
The man, described by police as 22 to 27 years old with a light complexion, small build and a short afro, took Simek's bag before shooting her.
Even a full-time retreat into his job as team president would change the complexion of the team, again erasing some part of the franchise’s corrected course.
His colleague, Dave, had that ruddy, wholesome complexion that feels exotic outside the Midwest.
Along with a police artist sketch came a description of 5-7, 140 pounds, thin, dark hair, dark eyes, age mid 20s to mid 30s, Caucasian or Hispanic with a medium complexion.
One man is described as Hispanic, about five feet-seven inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with a dark complexion, and wearing a red zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
Hutch now realized Saddam was curious about his ethnicity, since his complexion had darkened considerably from constant exposure to the relentless Iraq sun.
But there was no mercy to be had, no matter how fair her complexion or how many centuries her ancestors had lived near the banks of the river that still bears their name.
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Origin and Etymology of complexion
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
COMPLEXION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of complexion for English Language Learners
: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face
: the general appearance or character of something
COMPLEXION Defined for Kids
Definition of complexion for Students
: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion
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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