- the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face: a clear, smooth, rosy complexion.
- appearance; aspect; character: His confession put a different complexion on things.
- viewpoint, attitude, or conviction: one's political complexion.
- (in old physiology) constitution or nature of body and mind, regarded as the result of certain combined qualities.
- Obsolete. nature; disposition; temperament.
Origin of complexion
Related Words for complexionhue, tint, texture, coloring, skin, tinge, countenance, disposition, temperament, tone, color, cast, mug, flush, front, glow, pigmentation, phiz, coloration, sort
Examples from the Web for complexion
Contemporary Examples of complexion
His complexion was ruddy, his fair skin burnt from time in the sun.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
You become aware of the complexion of colors and “the restrained luxury of the surfaces.”Seduced by Art & Beauty ‘At the House of Mr X’
January 17, 2014
Imagine the lifelong impact on a girl who, from her earliest days at school, is looked upon as ugly because of her complexion.Miss America, Meet India’s ‘Dark’ Side
September 17, 2013
He is lean, well muscled, the complexion of a hazel nut, with black, sympathetic eyes.The Marine and His Cousin the Firefighter
Maurice Emerson Decaul
September 11, 2013
This is a story of the childhood relationships that give an adult life its shape and its complexion.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks
The Daily Beast
December 11, 2012
Historical Examples of complexion
They were hard-featured men, sallow of complexion, rigid in their looks.
But if she were to die, or lose her complexion, I should kill myself!Weighed and Wanting
His complexion was pale and sodden, and his hair short, dark, and sleek.Night and Morning, Complete
She gazed at him in surprise, her complexion changing, her voice faltering.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Can I believe a young fellow of your age and complexion will be content with kissing?Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
- the colour and general appearance of a person's skin, esp of the face
- aspect, character, or naturethe general complexion of a nation's finances
- the temperament of a person
- the temperature and general appearance of the body
Word Origin for complexion
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.
- The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.