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1 The colour or appearance of the skin, originally believed to be indicative of a person's temperament. See complexion (2).

2 In medieval physiology, the combination of qualities or humours (3) believed to determine a person's temperament or personality, as in the Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: ‘Of his complexion he was sangwyn’ (line 333). See also complex (2). [From Latin complexio, complexionis a combination, from com- together + plectere to plait]

Subjects: Psychology.


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