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complexion

 [kom-plek´shun]
the color and appearance of the skin of the face.

com·plex·ion

(kom-plek'shŭn),
The color, texture, and general appearance of the skin of the face.
[L. complexio, a combination, (later) physical condition]

complexion

/com·plex·ion/ (kom-plek´shun) the color and appearance of the skin of the face.

complexion

(kəm-plĕk′shən)
n.
1. The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
2. General character, aspect, or appearance: findings that will alter the complexion of the problem.
3. A viewpoint, inclination, or attitude: a conservative political complexion.
4. The combination of the four humors of cold, heat, moistness, and dryness in specific proportions, thought in ancient and medieval physiology to control the temperament and the constitution of the body.

com·plex′ion·al adj.

complexion

Physical examination The color/appearance of the facial skin, which may be described as pale, flushed–transiently reddish, ruddy–reddish over a prolonged period. See Muddy complexion.

com·plex·ion

(kŏm-plek'shŭn)
The color, texture, and general appearance of the skin of the face.
[L. complexio, a combination, (later) physical condition]
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It was then that Balthazar Tellez, a Portuguese ecclesiastic, deployed the term "albino," meaning "white negro," to describe the peculiarly complexioned tribe members he witnessed off the coast of West Africa.
5) Like Naldi, Valentino was generally cast as a racial "other," but faced an advantage as a male because his smoldering sexuality, already associated through racist stereotyping with dark complexioned characters, could be used to support Judeo-Christian values of self-sacrifice and spiritual reward.
Occasionally, he received affronting stares from whites when he and his lighter complexioned sister Ellena were together, and as he told this author in a letter (Yerby, 1974), the police in several Southern states and even in the state of New York harassed him when they mistakenly thought his first wife, Flora Helen Claire, was white.
As Vaughan writes, "When all is said and done, the black characters that populated early modern theatres tell us little about actual black Africans; they are the projections of imaginations that capitalize on the assumptions, fantasies, fears, and anxieties of England's pale complexioned audiences" (4-5).
Similarly, the minister Thomas Shepard is depicted as "pale complexioned and lean" (12), mistrustful of a "faire and easie way to Heaven" (13), ever condemning the religious experiences that he himself lacked (236).
How does one really distinguish between an olive complexioned Caucasian man and an "Other" who describes himself as Italian and African American with fair skin?
Wilkinson was a rather short very dark complexioned man with a healthy growth of whisker, good-natured and liked his glass in Anglo-Indian style; Armstrong, the second, a burly Tynesider; and Berry, the third, a good-natured lowland Scotchman with a twisted smile.
Lee didn't meet Moffett until four months after the murder, when he drove up to her house to show her a single picture of a dark complexioned person she didn't recognize.
ASKING a comparatively dark complexioned student to stand up while explaining racism to students or insisting a student to classify his/ her caste are the shocking ways used by a section of Delhi University English teachers.
The Hindu newspaper offered an answer in its editorial, "In a country where a multi-million rupee cosmetic industry thrives on promises of lightening a woman's skin color in 10, 20 or 30 days, it is fair to say that the dark complexioned 24-year-old wouldn't have stood a chance.
Most were dark, having been captured in parts of Asia where people are dark complexioned, such as Malaysia, New Guinea, and the southern Phillipine Islands, including the island of Negros, so named because the Negritos lived there.