complexion

or com·plec·tion

[kuh m-plek-shuh n]
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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 of complexion

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin complexiōn- (stem of complexiō) constitution, temperament, Latin: combination, group, literally, the act of embracing. See complex, -ion
Related formscom·plex·ion·al, adjectivecom·plex·ion·al·ly, adverb
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complexion

noun
  1. the colour and general appearance of a person's skin, esp of the face
  2. aspect, character, or naturethe general complexion of a nation's finances
  3. obsolete
    1. the temperament of a person
    2. the temperature and general appearance of the body
Derived Formscomplexional, adjective

Word Origin for complexion

C14: from medical Latin complexiō one's bodily characteristics, from Latin: a combination, from complectī to embrace; see complex
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Word Origin and History for complexion
n.

mid-14c., "bodily constitution," from Old French complexion, complession "combination of humors," hence "temperament, character, make-up," from Latin complexionem (nominative complexio) "combination" (in Late Latin, "physical constitution"), from complexus (see complex (adj.)). Meaning "appearance of the skin of the face" is first recorded mid-15c. In medieval physiology, the color of the face indicated temperament or health.

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complexion in Medicine

complexion

[kəm-plĕkshən]
n.
  1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
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