What does complexion mean?

Definitions for complexion
kəmˈplɛk ʃəncom·plex·ion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complexion, skin color, skin colournoun

    the coloring of a person's face

  2. complexionnoun

    a combination that results from coupling or interlinking

    "diphthongs are complexions of vowels"

  3. complexionnoun

    a point of view or general attitude or inclination

    "he altered the complexion of his times"; "a liberal political complexion"

  4. complexionnoun

    texture and appearance of the skin of the face

  5. complexionverb

    (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

  6. complexionverb

    give a certain color to

    "The setting sun complexioned the hills"


  1. complexionnoun

    The quality, colour, or appearance of the skin on the face.

  2. complexionnoun

    The outward appearance of something.

  3. complexionnoun

    Outlook, attitude, or point of view.

  4. Etymology: From complexion, from complexion, complexion, from complexio, from complecti, past participle complexus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Complexionnoun

    Etymology: complexio, Latin.

    Though the terms of propositions may be complex, yet where the composition of the whole argument is thus plain, simple and regular, it is properly called a simple syllogism, since the complexion does not belong to the syllogistick form of it. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Men judge by the complexion of the sky
    The state and inclination of the day. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    How sweetly dost thou minister to love,
    That know love’s grief by his complexion! William Shakespeare.

    What see you in those papers, that you lose
    So much complexion? William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He so takes on yonder, so rails against all married mankind, so curses all Eve’s daughters, of what complexion soever. William Shakespeare.

    Why doth not beauty then refine the wit,
    And good complexion rectify the will? Davies.

    Niceness, though it renders them insignificant to great purposes, yet it polishes their complexion, and makes their spirits seem more vigorous. Jeremy Collier, on Pride.

    If I write on a black man, I run over all the eminent persons of that complexion. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 262.

    ’Tis ill, though different your complexions are,
    The family of heav n for men should war. John Dryden, Fables.

    For from all tempers he could service draw,
    The worth of each, with its allay, he knew;
    And, as the confident of nature, saw
    How she complexions did divide and brew. Dryden.

    The methods of providence men of this complexion must be unfit for the contemplation of. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Let melancholy rule supreme,
    Choler preside, or blood or phlegm,
    It makes no diff’rence in the case,
    Nor is complexion honour’s place. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complexionnoun

    the state of being complex; complexity

  2. Complexionnoun

    a combination; a complex

  3. Complexionnoun

    the bodily constitution; the temperament; habitude, or natural disposition; character; nature

  4. Complexionnoun

    the color or hue of the skin, esp. of the face

  5. Complexionnoun

    the general appearance or aspect; as, the complexion of the sky; the complexion of the news

  6. Etymology: [F. complexion, fr. L. complexio. See Complex, a.]


  1. Complexion

    Complexion refers to the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially that of the face.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Complexion

    kom-plek′shun, n. disposition: colour: quality: colour or look of the skin, esp. of the face: general appearance, temperament, or texture: (Shak.) bodily constitution.—v.t. to give a colour to.—adjs. Complex′ional, pertaining to the complexion; Complex′ioned, having a certain complexion, or temperament; Complex′ionless, colourless: pale. [Fr.,—L. complexio, a combination, physical structure of body—complecti, complexus, to embrace—plectĕre, to plait.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    Color for the face. From Eng. _complex_, difficult, and _shun_, to avoid. To avoid difficulty, buy it of the druggist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complexion in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complexion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of complexion in a Sentence

  1. Shuting Hu:

    In East Asian culture, women prefer lighter skin tone because they believe' y? bái zh? b?i ch?u,' which means' a white complexion is powerful enough to hide seven faults,'.

  2. Paul Wain:

    I told them, ‘We live in Scotland.’ She is a redhead and she has a pale complexion. That’s just the way she is.

  3. Helen Baxendale:

    People are really stupid. They think you're serious and intelligent if you're a brunette with a pale complexion and a bit of hooked nose. If you're blonde and pretty, they don't give you that sort of part. It's short-sighted and stupid, but that's how it goes.

  4. Don Samuels:

    That was so painful — just painful to watch and to see a Black man, of dark complexion, under the knee of a dispassionate White male, it conjured up all kinds of slavery imagery.

  5. Herieth Paul:

    This past season has been the most diverse with many models sharing their experiences so let's hope it's not a trend but a breakthrough, i've had challenges finding work in some countries because black models weren't in season at that time, my hair and finding makeup to match my complexion have been the most difficult.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. efface
    • B. summon
    • C. cleave
    • D. abhor

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