- complection (obsolete)
From Middle English complexion (“temperament”), from Old French complexion, French complexion, from Latin complexiō (“a combination, connection, period”), from complecti, past participle complexus (“to entwine, encompass”)
- (General American) IPA(key): /kəmˈplɛkʃən/
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- Rhymes: -ɛkʃən
- Hyphenation: com‧plex‧ion
complexion (plural complexions)
- (obsolete, medicine) The combination of humours making up one's physiological "temperament", being either hot or cold, and moist or dry.
1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, London: A[ndrew] Millar, OCLC 928184292:
- “Indeed, sir,” answered the lady, with some warmth, “I cannot think there is anything easier than to cheat an old woman with a profession of love, when her complexion is amorous; and, though she is my aunt, I must say there never was a more liquorish one than her ladyship. […]
- The quality, colour, or appearance of the skin on the face.
a rugged complexion; a sunburnt complexion
- (figuratively) The outward appearance of something.
- Outlook, attitude, or point of view.
- See also Thesaurus:countenance
- complexion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- complexion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911