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
The rapidly changing complexion of the South, which has seen rising percentages of African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans, creates the potential for a political makeover.
Ate was in her early 20s, had long, black hair, and a honey complexion like the rest of our family.
No matter where your complexion falls on the Fitzpatrick Skin Type scale, ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun or tanning beds will damage your skin.
Hoying said Andrus’ game-tying homer in the seventh changed the complexion of the night.
He was described as a black man with a medium complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes, according to a police report.
Neal possesses the kind of shot that can change the complexion of things dramatically.
Kerber, who won her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams in the 2016 Australian Open final, was more interested in Williams’ exciting news than how the complexion of the women’s draw changes without the pending mama playing.
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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 century
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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