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complexion (3 orig. as showing the bodily temperament)
1. bodily habit or constitution, orig. supposed to be constituted by the four ‘humours’ Ham. V. ii. 103 “very sultry and hot for my complexion.”
2. constitution or habit of mind, disposition, temperament, ‘nature’ Ado II. i. 307 “of that jealous ,” Mer.V. III. i. 32 “it is the of them” [birds] “all to leave the dam”; quibblingly in LLL. I. ii. 83.
3. natural colour and appearance of the skin, esp. of the face Tp. I. i. 34, Err. III. ii. 104 “What is she of?—Swart,” Cor. II. i. 231, Oth. IV. ii. 61.
4. colour (fig.) Wint. I. ii. 381 “chang'd c-s,” H5 II. ii. 73 “lose So much ” ; fig. 2H4 II. ii. 6 “it discolours the of my greatness.” ∥ AYL. III. ii. 205 “Good my !” (‘Rosalind appeals to her complexion not to betray her by changing colour’ Aldis Wright).
5. visible aspect, look (of objects in general) R2 III. ii. 194 “the of the sky.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Henry V, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 3.1
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