Origin of complexion
Examples from the Web for complexion
His complexion was ruddy, his fair skin burnt from time in the sun.
You become aware of the complexion of colors and “the restrained luxury of the surfaces.”
Imagine the lifelong impact on a girl who, from her earliest days at school, is looked upon as ugly because of her complexion.
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|DAILY BEAST
“My complexion is darker so I get less work or have to lower my rates in order to keep my bills paid,” she explains.Former Sex Worker Melissa Petro Defends Adult Ad Site Backpage.Com|Melissa Petro|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was a short stout man, full chested, with light hair and complexion.The Crime of the Century|Henry M. Hunt
But for her complexion there was nothing very taking in Henrietta.The Third Miss Symons|Flora Macdonald Mayor
Mr. Tidditt was wearing a crocheted scarf of a brilliant crimson hue, particularly becoming to his complexion.Cy Whittaker's Place|Joseph C. Lincoln
These privileges are not confined to any particular country or complexion.Abraham Lincoln|George Haven Putnam
There is nothing, therefore, in the diversities of complexion which indicates specific diversity in different human races.
British Dictionary definitions for complexion
- the temperament of a person
- the temperature and general appearance of the body
Word Origin for complexion
Word Origin and History 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.