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com·plex·ion

 (kəm-plĕk′shən)
n.
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.]

com·plex′ion·al adj.

complexion

(kəmˈplɛkʃən)
n
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.
3. obsolete
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]
comˈplexional adj

com•plex•ion

(kəmˈplɛk ʃən)

n.
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]
com•plex′ion•al, adj.

Complexion

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.
chlorosis.
jaundice.
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.
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.

Complexion

 

See Also: SKIN, WRINKLES

  1. A blotchy complexion like salami —Jilly Cooper
  2. The cluster of red veins, like Rorschach patterns, sticking out on his cheeks —Henry Van Dyke
  3. Complexion … as red as a boiled shrimp —Kenzaburo Oë
  4. Complexion … as smooth as white mushrooms —Bobbie Ann Mason
  5. Complexion dark as cholera —Cynthia Ozick
  6. Complexion like a choir boy’s —Robert Campbell
  7. A complexion like the blossoms of apples —W. B. Yeats
  8. A complexion like the moon at short range —Harry Prince
  9. Complexion … like the skin on porridge —Frank Swinnerton
  10. Complexion like twelve-year-old Scotch going down —Loren D. Estleman
  11. Complexion the color of porridge —Christopher Isherwood
  12. Complexion, which had become pale in the dimness of the house … shone as if it had been varnished —Guy de Maupassant
  13. Face glistened as if it were covered with scar tissue from a newly healed burn —Kenzaburo Oë
  14. Face … pock-marked like a wall against which men had stood to take the bullets of a firing squad —Penelope Gilliatt
  15. Her complexion in its pallor showed clear as a lily petal —Ethel Cook Eliot
  16. His face had an unnatural smoothness as though it were massaged and nourished with cold creams —W. Somerset Maugham
  17. Suntan that looks like it was done on a rotisserie —Tom Wolfe Wolfe is describing actor Cary Grant.
  18. The thin veins on his massive cheeks were like the engraving on giltedged securities —Ludwig Bemelmans
  19. A tracery of red veins, distinct as mapped rivers and tributaries, showed on his cheeks —Anne Tyler
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complexion - the coloring of a person's facecomplexion - 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"
blondness, paleness, fairness - the property of having a naturally light complexion
ruddiness, rosiness - a healthy reddish complexion
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"
swarthiness, duskiness, darkness - a swarthy 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"
point of view, standpoint, viewpoint, stand - a mental position from which things are viewed; "we should consider this problem from the viewpoint of the Russians"; "teaching history gave him a special point of view toward current events"
4.complexion - texture and appearance of the skin of the face
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
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"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
Verb1.complexion - give a certain color to; "The setting sun complexioned the hills"
tinct, tint, tinge, touch - color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"

complexion

noun
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.
3. perspective, look, light, appearance, aspect, angle, slant This latest development puts a different complexion on things.

complexion

noun
1. Skin tone, especially of the face:
2. The combination of emotional, intellectual, and moral qualities that distinguishes an individual:
3. A person's customary manner of emotional response:
Translations
بَشَرَةلَوْن البَشَرَه
barva pletipleťpokožka
teinthudfarve
ihonväri
put
arcszín
litarháttur, hörundslitur
顔色
안색
sejas krāsa
hy
ผิว
derinin doğal rengiten
nước da

complexion

[kəmˈplekʃən] Ntez f, cutis m; (in terms of colour) → tez f, piel f (fig) → cariz m, aspecto m
that puts a different complexion on iteso le da otro cariz or aspecto

complexion

[kəmˈplɛkʃən] n
[face] → teint m
(= nature) [event] → aspect m, caractère m

complexion

n
Teint m; (= skin colour)Gesichtsfarbe f
(fig: = aspect) → Anstrich m, → Aspekt m; to put a new/different etc complexion on somethingetw in einem neuen/anderen etc Licht erscheinen lassen; of a different political/religious complexionmit anderen politischen/religiösen Anschauungen

complexion

[kəmˈplɛkʃn] n (of face) → carnagione f (fig) (aspect, appearance) → aspetto
that puts a different complexion on it (fig) → ciò fa apparire la cosa sotto tutta un'altra luce or tutto un altro aspetto

complexion

(kəmˈplekʃən) noun
the colour or appearance of the skin especially of the face. a beautiful complexion.

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

com·plex·ion

n. cutis, complexión, tez.

complexion

n cutis m, tez f
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Against this rude form of domesticity were opposed the chromo-tinted dresses and extravagant complexions of a few single unattended women--happily seen more often at night behind gilded bars than in the garish light of day--and an equal number of pale-faced, dark-moustached, well-dressed, and suspiciously idle men.
Black Sam, upon this, scratched his woolly pate, which, if it did not contain very profound wisdom, still contained a great deal of a particular species much in demand among politicians of all complexions and countries, and vulgarly denominated "knowing which side the bread is buttered;" so, stopping with grave consideration, he again gave a hitch to his pantaloons, which was his regularly organized method of assisting his mental perplexities.
I could have given my own sect the preference and made everybody a Presby- terian without any trouble, but that would have been to affront a law of human nature: spiritual wants and instincts are as various in the human family as are physical appetites, complexions, and features, and a man is only at his best, morally, when he is equipped with the religious garment whose color and shape and size most nicely accommodate themselves to the spirit- ual complexion, angularities, and stature of the indi- vidual who wears it; and, besides, I was afraid of a united Church; it makes a mighty power, the mightiest conceivable, and then when it by and by gets into selfish hands, as it is always bound to do, it means death to human liberty and paralysis to human thought.
Imagine it: Those rigid, shock-headed figures, with corpsy complexions and fish glass eyes, occupying one side of the table in the constrained attitudes and dead fixedness that distinquish all men that are born of wax, and this wrinkled, smoldering old fire-eater occupying the other side, mumbling her prayers and munching her sausages in the ghostly stillness and shadowy indistinctness of a winter twilight.
Such frizzling and powdering and sticking up of hair, such delicate complexions artificially preserved and mended, such gallant swords to look at, and such delicate honour to the sense of smell, would surely keep anything going, for ever and ever.
Passepartout saw, too, begging friars, long-robed pilgrims, and simple civilians, with their warped and jet-black hair, big heads, long busts, slender legs, short stature, and complexions varying from copper-colour to a dead white, but never yellow, like the Chinese, from whom the Japanese widely differ.
They spurred on to overtake him; but he was better mounted on a fresher steed, and kept at a wary distance, reconnoitring them with evident distrust; for the wild dress of the free trappers, their leggings, blankets, and cloth caps garnished with fur and topped off with feathers, even their very elf-locks and weather-bronzed complexions, gave them the look of Indians rather than white men, and made him mistake them for a war party of some hostile tribe.
I am not at all sure that the majority of the human race have not been ugly, and even among those "lords of their kind," the British, squat figures, ill-shapen nostrils, and dingy complexions are not startling exceptions.
Their appearance perfectly amazed me; their extreme youth, the light clear brown of their complexions, their delicate features, and inexpressibly graceful figures, their softly moulded limbs, and free unstudied action, seemed as strange as beautiful.
She talked to him about flowers and books, getting launched with marvelous promptitude; about the theatres, about the peculiar institutions of his native country, about the humidity of Paris about the pretty complexions of the American ladies, about his impressions of France and his opinion of its female inhabitants.
And while I think of it--the men wear hats and have very dark complexions, but the women wear no headgear but a flimsy veil like a gossamer's web, and yet are exceedingly fair as a general thing.
All of them seemed weary, and most of them had sleepy eyes and a shivering expression, while their complexions generally appeared to have taken on the colour of the fog outside.