Having a dark complexion

"Appearances would warrant that conclusion: and, no doubt (though, with an audacity that wants chastising out of you, you seem to question it), they will be a superlatively happy pair. He must love such a handsome, noble, witty, accomplished lady; and probably she loves him, or, if not his person, at least his purse. I know she considers the Rochester estate eligible to the last degree; though (God pardon me!) I told her something on that point about an hour ago which made her look wondrous grave: the corners of her mouth fell half an inch. I would advise her blackaviced suitor to look out: if another comes, with a longer or clearer rent-roll, — hes dished — " Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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  • black-a-vised — /blak euh vuyst , vuyzd /, adj. dark complexioned. Also, black a viced /blak euh vuyst /. [1750 60; Scots blackaviced, equiv. to black a vice (one) black of face (BLACK + A3 + obs. vice < MF vis; see VISAGE) + ED3] * * * …   Universalium

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