complexion

[kuhm-plek-shuhn]
noun
1.
the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face: a clear, smooth, rosy complexion.
2.
appearance; aspect; character: His confession put a different complexion on things.
3.
viewpoint, attitude, or conviction: one's political complexion.
4.
(in old physiology) constitution or nature of body and mind, regarded as the result of certain combined qualities.
5.
Obsolete. nature; disposition; temperament.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin complexiōn- (stem of complexiō) constitution, temperament, Latin: combination, group, literally, the act of embracing. See complex, -ion

complexional, adjective
complexionally, adverb
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complexion (kəmˈplɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  the colour and general appearance of a person's skin, esp of the face
2.  aspect, character, or nature: the general complexion of a nation's finances
3.  obsolete
 a.  the temperament of a person
 b.  the temperature and general appearance of the body
 
[C14: from medical Latin complexiō one's bodily characteristics, from Latin: a combination, from complectī to embrace; see complex]
 
com'plexional
 
adj

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complexion
mid-14c., from O.Fr. complexion "combination of humors," hence "temperament," from L. complexionem (nom. complexio) "combination," from complexus (see complex). Meaning "appearance of the skin of the face" is first recorded mid-15c. In medieval physiology, the color of the
face indicated temperament.
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complexion com·plex·ion (kəm-plěk'shən)
n.
The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.

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Example sentences
It was not so long ago that a three-step routine was the clear complexion
  standard for skin care.
The complexion of those governments is as diverse as the ten countries this
  survey covers.
Her white hair is neatly styled, her complexion glows.
Her face was distinguished as much for its great intelligence and animation as
  for fine features and complexion.
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