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adj. Informal
Marked by or having a particular facial complexion. Often used in combination: "A white-haired and ruddy-complected priest stood on the deck of one of the trawlers" (New York Times).

[Back-formation from complection, variant of complexion.]
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(in combination) a US dialect word for complexioned
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(kəmˈplɛk tɪd)

complexioned: a light-complected child.
[1800–10, Amer.; complect-, back formation from complexion, presumably taken as *complection + -ed3]
usage: Although criticized by some as a dialectal or nonstandard formation, complected occurs in educated speech and occasionally in edited writing.
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Lorenzo was dark complected, you remember, and this child is, too.
They say this wilderness is populated with a scattering few hundred thousand billions of red angels, with now and then a curiously complected DISEASED one.
These obstacles had a particularly important impact on the darker complected Puerto Ricans who showed so-called "negroid" features, or other phenotypical differences.
So, my first impression, one of my good friends back in the US is from Zambia and when I mentioned I was going to South Sudan, she started laughing and she said "South Sudan, they are the darkest complected [sic] Africans on the continent, they have very, very dark black skin and you are one of the palest Americans." And she said this is going to be quite a contrast.
She was, indeed, ahead of her time and now I call her a visionary who was not afraid of alienation, not afraid of ostracism, and not afraid of communicating that which haunted her from the moment she could understand what the color of her skin meant and why, as a young caramel complected girl, her mom slathered her face with bleaching cream so she could be better liked by her peers.
(7) For that matter, Joe Brown/Lucas Burch's "dark complected" appearance also facilitates racial ambiguity (50).
(2.4.325-26) Contrary to suggestions made elsewhere in the play attesting to Salomes somatic darkness, both men describe her as beautiful and light complected. Her evil is internal and invisible, belying its exterior show of goodness.
Aasma Jehangir said that the Kashmir issue was not a complected issue as compared to other global issues, which could not be resolved easily.
And we cannot forget white women who may cross the color line without caring: the "dark complected" Lucas Burch/Joe Brown may be of mixed racial ancestry, but this makes no more difference to Lena than the race of her lover does to Joe Christmas's own mother.
Earliest depictions featured lightly complected natives in dignified poses, engaging in industrious activity or nurturing the young.

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