com·plex·ion [complexion complexions] BrE [kəmˈplekʃn] NAmE [kəmˈplekʃn] noun
1. the natural colour and condition of the skin on a person's face
• a pale/bad complexion
2. usually singular the general character of sth
• a move which changed the political complexion of the country
Idiom: put a new complexion on something
Middle English: via Old French from Latin complexio(n-) ‘combination’ (in late Latin ‘physical constitution’), from complectere ‘embrace, comprise’. The term originally denoted physical constitution or temperament determined by the combination of the four bodily humours; sense 1 (late 16th cent.) being a visible sign of this.
A person may be described as having:
(bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes
small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes
a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose
a straight/a hooked/a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose
a large/high/broad/wide/sloping forehead
a strong/weak/pointed/double chin
a long/full/bushy/wispy/goatee beard
a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil moustache/ (especially US) mustache
Hair and skin
a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion
blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/(BrE) ginger/grey hair
a bald/balding/shaved head
a receding hairline
a bald patch/spot
a side/centre/(US) center (BrE) parting/ (NAmE) part
a long/short/thick/slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck
a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest
a flat/swollen/bulging stomach
a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist
a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back
long/muscular/hairy/shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs
muscular/chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs
a good/a slim/a slender/an hourglass figure
be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build
• Hughes helped change the complexion of Hollywood.
• The joke took on a rather serious complexion when the police became involved.
• What you have told us puts a different complexion on the situation.
• Years of heavy drinking had given Alison a florid complexion.
• a change in the political complexion of the council
• a young girl with a rosy complexion
• Her auburn hair and blue eyes, together with a fine complexion, made her extremely attractive.
• a dark/pale/healthy complexion
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||The state of being complex; complexity.|
Though the terms of propositions may be complex, yet . . . it is properly called a simple syllogism, since the complexion does not belong to the syllogistic form of it.
|2.||A combination; a complex.|
This paragraph is . . . a complexion of sophisms.
|3.||The bodily constitution; the temperament; habitude, or natural disposition; character; nature.|
If his complexion incline him to melancholy.
It is the complexion of them all to leave the dam.
|4.||The color or hue of the skin, esp. of the face.|
Tall was her stature, her complexion dark.
Between the pale complexion of true love,
And the red glow of scorn and proud disdain.
|5.||The general appearance or aspect; as, the complexion of the sky; the complexion of the news.|
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