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1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
2. General character, aspect, or appearance: findings that will alter the complexion of the problem.
3. A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude: a conservative political complexion.
4. The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.
[Middle English complexioun, physical constitution, from Old French complexion, from Late Latin complexiō, complexiōn-, balance of the humors, from Latin, combination, from complexus, past participle of complectī, to entwine; see complect.]
1. the colour and general appearance of a person's skin, esp of the face
2. aspect, character, or nature: the general complexion of a nation's finances.
a. the temperament of a person
b. the temperature and general appearance of the body
[C14: from medical Latin complexiō one's bodily characteristics, from Latin: a combination, from complectī to embrace; see complex]
1. the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, esp. of the face.
2. appearance; aspect; character: This testimony put a different complexion on things.
3. viewpoint, attitude, or conviction: one's political complexion.
4. (in medieval physiology) the constitution or nature of body and mind, regarded as the result of certain combined qualities.
[1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin complexiō constitution, temperament, Latin: combination, group, literally, the act of embracing. See complex, -tion]
See also skin.
absence of pigmentation in the skin.
greensickness; a disease of girls in puberty, characterized by, among other symptoms, greenishness of the complexion.
a redness of beard and hair and ruddiness of complexion. — erythristic, erythrismal, adj.
a mania for blushing.
paleness of color as a result of illness or exclusion from light. See also plants.
the condition of being florid or highly colored, especially reddish, used especially of the complexion. — florid, adj.
a disease of the liver, characterized by, among other symptoms, yellowness of the skin. Also called icterus.
darkness or blackness of eyes, hair, or complexion.
1. the state, condition, quality, or process of becoming or being red.
2. a blush.
3. the act of blushing. — rubescent, adj.
2. a blush.
3. the act of blushing. — rubescent, adj.
reddishness or ruddiness, especially of the complexion. — rubicund, adj.
a chronic condition of dilatation of the capillaries and other blood vessels, as seen in the reddish faces of heavy drinkers and people whose faces are continually exposed to cold climates. — telangiectic, adj.
a person with light-colored hair and fair complexion. — xanthochroid, xanthochroous, adj.
- A blotchy complexion like salami —Jilly Cooper
- The cluster of red veins, like Rorschach patterns, sticking out on his cheeks —Henry Van Dyke
- Complexion … as red as a boiled shrimp —Kenzaburo Oë
- Complexion … as smooth as white mushrooms —Bobbie Ann Mason
- Complexion dark as cholera —Cynthia Ozick
- Complexion like a choir boy’s —Robert Campbell
- A complexion like the blossoms of apples —W. B. Yeats
- A complexion like the moon at short range —Harry Prince
- Complexion … like the skin on porridge —Frank Swinnerton
- Complexion like twelve-year-old Scotch going down —Loren D. Estleman
- Complexion the color of porridge —Christopher Isherwood
- Complexion, which had become pale in the dimness of the house … shone as if it had been varnished —Guy de Maupassant
- Face glistened as if it were covered with scar tissue from a newly healed burn —Kenzaburo Oë
- Face … pock-marked like a wall against which men had stood to take the bullets of a firing squad —Penelope Gilliatt
- Her complexion in its pallor showed clear as a lily petal —Ethel Cook Eliot
- His face had an unnatural smoothness as though it were massaged and nourished with cold creams —W. Somerset Maugham
- Suntan that looks like it was done on a rotisserie —Tom Wolfe Wolfe is describing actor Cary Grant.
- The thin veins on his massive cheeks were like the engraving on giltedged securities —Ludwig Bemelmans
- A tracery of red veins, distinct as mapped rivers and tributaries, showed on his cheeks —Anne Tyler
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|Noun||1.||complexion - the coloring of a person's face |
color, coloring, colouring, colour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
achromasia, lividness, paleness, pallidness, pallor, wanness, luridness, lividity - unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
sallowness - a sickly yellowish skin color
tawniness - the quality or state of being the color of tanned leather; "the tawniness of his complexion"
whiteness - lightness or fairness of complexion; "only the whiteness of her cheeks gave any indication of the stress from which she was suffering"
|2.||complexion - a combination that results from coupling or interlinking; "diphthongs are complexions of vowels"|
combination - a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities
|3.||complexion - a point of view or general attitude or inclination; "he altered the complexion of his times"; "a liberal political complexion"|
|4.||complexion - texture and appearance of the skin of the face|
|5.||complexion - (obsolete) a combination of elements (of dryness and warmth or of the four humors) that was once believed to determine a person's health and temperament|
nature - the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; "it is his nature to help others"
|Verb||1.||complexion - give a certain color to; "The setting sun complexioned the hills"|
1. skin, colour, colouring, hue, skin tone, pigmentation She had short brown hair and a pale complexion.
2. nature, character, make-up, cast, stamp, disposition The political complexion of the government has changed.
2. The combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes an individual:
derinin doğal rengiten
the colour or appearance of the skin especially of the face. a beautiful complexion. aansien, voorkoms; gelaatskleur, kleur, huidkleur, velkleur لَوْن البَشَرَه/ الوَجْه тен tez pleť der Teint teint; hudfarve απόχρωση δέρματος, εμφάνιση συν. προσώπου tez jume رنگ و رو؛ چهره ihonväri teint צֶבָע עוֹר वर्ण put, boja lica, ten arcszín warna kulit litarháttur, hörundslitur carnagione 顔色 피부색 veido spalva sejas krāsa kulit muka gelaatskleur ansikts-/hudfarge cera بڼه، څېره، جوله، كړه وړه tez ten цвет лица pleť barva polti, ten ten hy, ansiktsfärg ลักษณะผิว derinin doğal rengi 膚色，臉色 колір обличчя خدو خال ، رنگ ڈھنگ nước da 肤色，脸色
complexion→ بَشَرَة barva pleti teint Teint απόχρωση επιδερμίδας tez ihonväri teint put carnagione 顔色 안색 huidskleur ansiktsfarge cera cor da pele, tez цвет лица hy ผิว ten nước da 面色
n. cutis, complexión, tez.