complexion








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.

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
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.

n.

  1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.

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