complexional

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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