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complexion

noun [C] uk   /kəmˈplek.ʃən/ us  

complexion noun [C] (FACE)

C2 the natural appearance of the skin on a person's face, especially its colour or quality: a dark/fair complexion a healthy/clear/spotty complexion

complexion noun [C] (CHARACTER)

the general character of something: These are radical changes which will alter the complexion of the British contemporary dance scene. What Pablo has just said puts an entirely/completely new complexion on (= changes) things.
Translations of “complexion”
in Korean 피부색…
in Arabic بَشرة…
in French teint…
in Turkish ten, yüz, cilt…
in Italian carnagione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 臉, (天然的)面色,膚色,氣色…
in Russian цвет лица, вид, характер…
in Polish karnacja, światło…
in Spanish tez…
in Portuguese tez, cútis…
in German der Teint…
in Catalan cutis…
in Japanese 顔のつや…
in Chinese (Simplified) 脸, (天然的)面色,肤色,气色…
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