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Topic: HAIR AND BEAUTY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin complexio, from Latin, 'combination', from complexus; COMPLEX1

complexion

noun
     
com‧plex‧ion
1 [countable]DCB the natural colour or appearance of the skin on your face:
Drinking water is good for the complexion.
pale/fair/ruddy etc complexion (=a pale, fair, red etc face)
fair-complexioned/smooth-complexioned etc
She was fair-complexioned with blonde hair.
2 [singular] the general character or nature of something:
Crime has risen under governments of every political complexion.
3

put a different/new/fresh complexion on something

to make a situation or event seem different:
This document puts a different complexion on the matter.
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