complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce complexional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shənd How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web His complexion increased the likelihood of being pulled over by police. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers coach Nate McMillan eager to see 'new America' emerge from this turmoil," 29 June 2020 Walker went on to reveal the three products that give her bouncy dewy skin, an even complexion and a boost of radiance in under 10 minutes. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Felicia Walker Shares The Products In Her 3-Step Skin Care Routine," 29 June 2020 Police described one suspect as an African-American man, 25 to 30 years old, with a thin build, light complexion and full beard. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police release photos of 3 suspects sought in arson, shooting during civil unrest," 24 June 2020 Cheek-McNeal described the driver as a Hispanic male, about 40 to 50 years old with a light complexion and brown hair. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Pickup driver attempting to pass car kills bicyclist in north Harris County, police say," 22 June 2020 The suspect is a black male with a light complexion and aged 17-20 years old. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Police release photo of 2nd suspect in fatal shooting of Eastpointe man," 2 June 2020 Sosa, who is now 51, has also drawn attention in recent years for changes in his complexion. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "What Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa have been up to since their 1998 home run record chase," 16 June 2020 The first suspect is described as a black male, light complexion, age 17-20, with a short afro and wearing a surgical mask. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Police release photo of 2nd suspect in fatal shooting of Eastpointe man," 2 June 2020 For those on the hunt for a glowing complexion, the reality is that making microscopic wounds in your skin should undoubtedly be left to the professionals. Rhea Cartwright, refinery29.com, "At-Home Microneedling Is Riskier Than You Think," 27 May 2020

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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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The first known use of complexion was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Complexion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complexion. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for complexion

complexion

noun
How to pronounce complexion (audio)

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 How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

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