from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or having a specified complexion. Often used in combination: fair-complexioned.

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  • adj. Having a specified type of complexion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having (such) a complexion; -- used in composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a certain disposition.
  • Having a certain hue, especially of the skin; used in composition: as, dark-complexioned, fair-complexioned.


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  • About 5: 30 a.m. Saturday, a dark-complexioned man with a white towel wrapped around his face and a gun in his right hand leapt over the counter at Athey's Getty Mart.

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  • He was interrupted by a warm-complexioned man, clad in faded mackinaws.

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  • Little or no choices were given unless the person and both parents were very fair complexioned.

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  • Notoriously vain, the slender six feet, four inches tall, butterscotch complexioned man took great pains to maintain his impeccable appearance.

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  • The bark is white with a sallow-complexioned blush of orange.

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  • He was a sandy-complexioned man in whose face geniality and humor seemed the salient characteristics.

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  • The pertinent statement rather is that a dark complexioned present inhabitant of what formerly was ancient phoenicia is not entitled to the inference that he must be of the race commonly known as the white race in 1790, merely because 2000 years ago Judea … was the scene of the labor of one who proclaimed that He had come to save from spiritual destruction all mankind.

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  • For years in Mexico, a popular afternoon telenovela had a comedian in blackface chasing madly after light complexioned actresses in skimpy outfits.

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  • In it, a dark-complexioned woman was smiling, not the artificial smile of an anorexic model, but a real smile that ended in fine, beautiful wrinkles.


  • And they made it possible for a light complexioned, blue-eyed, blond-haired man like Clarence King, to claim African ancestry when he actually had none at all.

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