complexion noun

1 colour/quality of the skin/face

ADJ. clear, flawless, fresh, glowing, healthy, lovely, nice, perfect | bad, blotchy, dull, pallid, pasty, sallow | ageing | creamy, fair, milky, pale | dark, olive, swarthy, tanned | florid, pink, rosy, ruddy a young girl with a rosy complexion | yellow | pitted | smooth

VERB + COMPLEXION have | give sb Years of heavy drinking had given Alison a florid complexion.

2 general nature/character of sth

ADJ. serious | different, new | political, social a change in the political complexion of the council

VERB + COMPLEXION put, take on What you have told us puts quite a different complexion on the situation. The joke took on a rather serious complexion when the police became involved.