Last modified on 7 April 2014, at 14:43
From Middle English complexion (“temperament”), from Old French complexion, French complexion, from Latin complexio (“a combination, connection, period”), from complecti, past participle complexus (“to entwine, encompass”)
complexion (plural complexions)
- (obsolete, medicine) The combination of humours making up one's physiological "temperament", being either hot or cold, and moist or dry.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.10:
- Ne ever is he wont on ought to feed / But todes and frogs, his pasture poysonous, / Which in his cold complexion doe breed / A filthy blood […].
- The quality, colour, or appearance of the skin on the face.
- a rugged complexion; a sunburnt complexion
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
- This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. In complexion fair, and with blue or gray eyes, he was tall as any Viking, as broad in the shoulder.
- (figuratively) The outward appearance of something.
- Outlook, attitude, or point of view.
- 1844, E. A. Poe, Marginalia
- But the purely marginal jottings, done with no eye to the Memorandum Book, have a distinct complexion, and not only a distinct purpose, but none at all; this it is which imparts to them a value.
appearance of the skin on the face
- Japanese: 顔色 (ja) (かおいろ, kaoiro)
- Korean: 안색 (ko) (ansaek) (顔色 (ko))
- Luxembourgish: Teint m
- Malay: warna kulit
- Mongolian: єнгє зїс (єngє zїs)
- Polish: cera (pl) f, karnacja (pl) f
- Portuguese: tez (pt) f
- Romanian: trăsătura f, ten (ro) f
- Russian: цвет лица m (cvet licá)
- Spanish: tez (es) f
- Swedish: hy (sv) c
- Tagalog: kulay ng balat, kutis
- Vietnamese: nước da (vi)
- Yao: ceejewu
- Zulu: bala