• WordNet 3.6
    • v complexion give a certain color to "The setting sun complexioned the hills"
    • n complexion (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
    • n complexion texture and appearance of the skin of the face
    • n complexion the coloring of a person's face
    • n complexion a point of view or general attitude or inclination "he altered the complexion of his times","a liberal political complexion"
    • n complexion a combination that results from coupling or interlinking "diphthongs are complexions of vowels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 1700s, European women achieved a pale complexion by eating "Arsenic Complexion Wafers" actually made with the poison.
    • Complexion A combination; a complex. "This paragraph is . . . a complexion of sophisms."
    • Complexion 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."
    • Complexion 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."
    • Complexion The general appearance or aspect; as, the complexion of the sky; the complexion of the news.
    • Complexion 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Korea's poshintang dog meat soup is a popular item on summertime menus, despite outcry from other nations. The soup is believed to cure summer heat ailments, improve male virility, and improve women's complexions.
    • n complexion Temperament, habitude, or natural disposition of the body or mind; constitutional condition or tendency; character; nature.
    • n complexion The color or hue of the skin, particularly of that of the face.
    • n complexion The general appearance of anything; aspect.
    • n complexion The state of being complex; complexity; involution; combination; also, a complex.
    • complexion To characterize by or endow with a disposition or temperament.
    • n complexion In psychology, a term proposed for a certain type of mental connection or association. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Complexion kom-plek′shun disposition: colour: quality: colour or look of the skin, esp. of the face: general appearance, temperament, or texture:
    • v.t Complexion to give a colour to
    • n Complexion kom-plek′shun (Shak.) bodily constitution
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is no beautifier of complexion or form of behavior like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. complexion, fr. L. complexio,. See Complex, a
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. complexio, a combination, physical structure of body—complecti, complexus, to embrace—plectĕre, to plait.


In literature:

The Achinese differ much in their persons from the other Sumatrans, being in general taller, stouter, and of darker complexions.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
He is a man of light complexion; but his two companions are dark as thorough negroes.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
He had a fair complexion and wore glasses.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
For young and old the question of appropriate color must be determined by the figure and complexion.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Her complexion was very bright, but in spite of its brightness she never blushed.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The Esquimaux, who live in Greenland and the arctic regions of America, are remarkable for the darkness of their complexion.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He's got dark hair and a dark complexion, and a wicked look in his eye.
"Adrift in New York" by Horatio Alger
Knox was short in stature, but handsomely formed; his complexion was fair, and his hair of a light colour.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume III" by Various
His complexion was pale brown; his features small, and his eyes dark and piercing.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
Many weathers had tanned his complexion to a rich corn-colour.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

In poetry:

Adieu to the land of my birth—
Proud land of the slave and the free!
What charms have thy bosom on earth
For men of complexion like me?
"The Emigrant" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
“If not in the Garden, he had in the ark,
To neither the beasts’ nor the passengers’ joy.
Full many a boyish and monkeyish lark,
The sandy-complexioned, the freckle-faced boy.
"Jack Cornstalk in his Teens" by Henry Lawson
Then mingling their colours at fancy's direction,
A form all angelic his pencil designs;
In the morn's orient crimson he dips for complexion;
For lustre he dives in the depth of the mines.
"Le Vrai Seul Est Aimable" by Charlotte Dacre
It was not beauty's potent charm;
For admiration followed her
Unmindful of the rounded arm,
The fair complexion's brilliancy,
If form and features shapely were
Or lacked the grace of symmetry.
"The Needed One" by Hattie Howard
Close by the water
Wrapt in a dream, I saw a faint reflection
Like a wayfarer, calm and worn of features,
Clad in the brown of leaves and little creatures,
Stern as the moorland, russet of complexion.
"The Vagrant" by Mary Webb
And upon the empty canvas traced the God-Star of the Sea,
With a star-adorned tiara, with her bland smile, maidenly,
Pale complexion framed by gold rays - angel-like yet feminine:
After woman have been modelled angels in the vaults serene.
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

Skincare science now provides more ways than ever to "de-crease" your spa clients ' complexions.
The Mad Men star's fiery locks flatter her pale complexion.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Joyce Theater.
But instead of some overpriced concoction shipped from foreign lands, the secret to her glowing complexion is simply a drugstore run away–Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub.
To you, we are all 5-6' medium-complexion and we all pray to Moctezuma to come save us in Atzlan.
MARYSVILLE What has eight legs, three wheels and a bright pink complexion.
medium build, light brown complexion, brown eyes and a mustache, is a Level III sex offender who recently took up residence on the 1500 block of Park Ave South in Minneapolis' Elliot Park Neighborhood.
Palmieri Proactive About Changing City's Complexion.
Utica, NY (WIBX) – Mayor Rob Palmieri is using a proactive approach to change the complexion of Utica, and he's got the hands to do it.
The newest fad on the beauty circuit which skin care giants are cashing in on is getting a radiant complexion.
Medium to light brown complexion.
A surname that originated as a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion or red hair.
A symbol of fertility and health in ancient times, the pomegranate is becoming today's symbol of a glowing complexion.
Compare that to the limp hair, circles under the eyes, and dull, dehydrated complexion that comes from sleep deprivation and you'll never get out of bed again.
We asked two top dermatologists to weigh in on how to keep your complexion looking its best 365 days a year.

In science:

An important aspect of the random lasing is that for a high gain (pumping) the randomness of the amplifying medium makes the emission fluctuate strongly over the different microscopic realizations (complexions) of the randomness of the medium.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
In order to obtain good statistics, this was repeated till the emission spectra for 420 different complexions of the sample were obtained. A histogram was then constructed; that is the probability P (I ) 1 of obtaining intensity I was plotted as a function of the intensity.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
The intensity as a function of complexion for these wavelengths show small fluctuations (Fig 5(c,d)).
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
Ten long pieces (length 6 mm) of amplifying fibers were then added to the above F-RAM, and in a similar fashion the spectra for 420 different complexions of the sample recorded. A typical spectrum of this F-RAM is shown in Fig 6.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
In addition, the intensity as a function of complexion showed sudden large fluctuations (Fig 7(c)).
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium