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complexion

or com·plec·tion

[ kuhm-plek-shuhn ]
/ kəmˈplɛk ʃən /
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noun
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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM complexion

com·plex·ion·al, adjectivecom·plex·ion·al·ly, adverb

Other definitions for complexion (2 of 2)

complex ion

noun Chemistry.
a charged complex.Compare complex (def. 10).
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British Dictionary definitions for complexion

complexion
/ (kəmˈplɛkʃən) /

noun
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
obsolete
  1. the temperament of a person
  2. the temperature and general appearance of the body

Derived forms of complexion

complexional, 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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