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

Synonyms for complexion

Synonyms

color, coloring

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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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Elchami says there’s been a shift in the most popular tools for clearer complexions and lymphatic drainage. Taylore Glynn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eight Skin-Transforming Secrets from a Korean Facialist," 22 Aug. 2019 On the bright side, D.J. Chark has taken a major step forward at receiver, and change the complexion of a group led by Marqise Lee. Albert Breer, SI.com, "32 Notes From 32 NFL Training Camps," 22 Aug. 2019 That kind of injection of position-player talent has already changed the complexion of these rankings some, and have the potential to do more going forward. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Five takeaways from the Baseball America Orioles’ midseason prospect rankings," 19 July 2019 The peeps over at Makeup Forever understand the dilemma and have came up with 4-color palette perfect for dark complexions. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "Finally! The Perfect Contouring Palette For Darker Skin Tones," 4 Feb. 2016 Omega Man figures were produced in two skin tones — one the color of coffee, the other, of tea — to reflect differences in the real-life complexions of the African American children who were the toys’ target audience. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Not all superheroes wear capes: Black action figures at Lewis Museum fight crime, stereotypes," 22 Aug. 2019 Some of the individual talents involved should be intriguing enough, but what makes a game like this one are the broader complexions of the two rosters. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Breaking Down the Top 20 Games of the 2019-20 NBA Season," 12 Aug. 2019 Triggers can be ingredient-specific or environmental Dr. Shi says that the most common triggers are harsh ingredients in cosmetics and skin conditions that leave the complexion in a more vulnerable state. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "6 Things Women With Sensitive Skin Should Know," 22 Mar. 2019 When used together, these products are amazing at calming and cooling dry or distressed complexions. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "My Poor, Unfortunate Soul Needs This Little Mermaid Skin-Care Collection," 8 Aug. 2019

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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 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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