complexion (n.) 1
appearance, look, colouring
2H4 II.ii.5 [Prince Henry to Poins, of weariness] it discolours the complexion of my greatness
CE III.ii.104 [Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Syracuse, of Luce] What complexion is she of?
H5 II.ii.73 [King Henry to Cambridge, Scroop and Grey] What see you in those papers, that you lose / So much complexion?
Ham II.ii.453 [Hamlet to First Player, quoting lines about Pyrrhus] this dread and black complexion
JC I.iii.128 [Cassius to Casca] the complexion of the element / In favour's like the work we have in hand
LLL I.ii.79 [Armado to Mote, of Samson's love] Tell me precisely of what complexion? [also: sense 3]
MA I.i.292 [Claudio to Don Pedro] you ... / That know love's grief by his complexion!
MV II.vii.79 [Portia to all, of Morocco] Let all of his complexion choose me so [or: sense 3]
MW IV.ii.22 [Mistress Page to Mistress Ford, of Ford] He ... so curses all Eve's daughters, of what complexion soever
MW V.v.8 [Falstaff alone, of Jove] how near the god drew to the complexion of a goose!
Oth III.iii.228 [Iago to Othello, of Desdemona] Not to affect many proposed matches / Of her own clime, complexion, and degree
Oth IV.ii.61 [Othello to Desdemona] Turn thy complexion there [unclear meaning: change colour]
R2 III.ii.194 [Scroop to King Richard] Men judge by the complexion of the sky / The state and inclination of the day
Tem I.i.29 [Gonzalo to all, of the Boatswain] his complexion is perfect gallows
TN II.v.26 [Malvolio to himself, of Olivia] should she fancy, it should be one of my complexion [or: sense 3]
TNK IV.ii.43 [Emilia alone, of Palamon] O love, this only / From this hour is complexion [i.e. how complexion ought to look]
WT I.ii.381 [Polixenes to Camillo] Your changed complexions are to me a mirror / Which shows me mine changed too

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