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Complexion, 1) temperament, natural disposition: then it is the c. of them (young birds) “all to leave the dam,” Merch. III, 1, 32. “by the o'er-growth of some c., oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason,” Hml. I, 4, 27. “methinks it is very sultry and hot for my c.” V, 2, 102. Quibbling: “of what c.? of all the four, or the three, or the two, or one of the four. Tell me precisely of what c. Of the sea-water green,” LLL I, 2, 82.
2) external appearance, particularly when expressive of some natural disposition: “thou art no man, though of a man's c.” Ven. 215. “his c. is perfect gallows,” Tp. I, 1, 32. “how near the god drew to the c. of a goose!” Wiv. V, 5, 9. we (women) “are soft as our --s are,” Meas. II, 4, 129. thou (life) “art not certain, for thy c. shifts to strange effects, after the moon,” Meas. III, 1, 24. “grace, being the soul of your c., shall keep the body of it ever fair,” Meas. III, 1, 24 “know love's grief by his c.” Ado I, 1, 315. “what kind of woman is't? of your c.” Tw. II, 4, 27. “should she fancy, it should be one of my c.” II, 5, 30. “your changed --s are to me a mirror,” Wint. I, 2, 381. “men judge by the c. of the sky the state and inclination of the day,” R2 III, 2, 194. “it discolours the c. of my greatness to acknowledge it,” H4B II, 2, 6. “impious war . . . with his smirched c.” H5 III, 3, 17. “ridges horsed with variable --s, all agreeing in earnestness to see him,” Cor. II, 1, 228. “the c. of the element in favour's like the work we have in hand, most bloody, fiery, and most terrible,” Caes. I, 3, 128. hath now this dread and black c. (of his arms) “smeared with heraldry more dismal,” Hml. II, 2, 477. “turn thy c. there, Patience, thou young and rose-lipped cherubin, --ay, there look grim as hell,” Oth. IV, 2, 62. “gentlemen of all fashions; you shall have the difference of all --s,” Per. IV, 2, 85.
3) the colour of the skin, particularly of the face: often is his (the sun's) “gold c. dimmed,” Sonn. 18, 6. “all they foul that thy c. lack,” 132, 14. the purple pride which on thy (the violet's) “soft cheek for c. dwells,” 99, 4. “curses all Eve's daughters, of what c. soever,” Wiv. IV, 2, 25. “what c. is she of? swart,” Err. III, 2, 103. Ado II, 1, 305. LLL IV, 3, 234. LLL IV, 3, 234 Merch. I, 2, 143. II, 1, 1. II, 7, 79. As III, 4, 56. III, 5, 116. IV, 3, 171. Epil. IV, 3, 171 Tw. II, 3, 172. Wint. IV, 4, 585. R2 III, 3, 98. Troil. I, 2, 107. Troil. I, 2, 107 Troil. I, 2, 107 Oth. III, 3, 230. that you lose so much c. (== colour) H5 II, 2, 73; cf. As IV, 3, 171. “good my c.!” As III, 2, 204 (referring to v. 192: change you colour?).
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