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English adjective: purple

1. purple of a color intermediate between red and blue

Synonymspurplish, violet


Antonymsachromatic, neutral

2. purple excessively elaborate or showily expressed

SamplesA writer of empurpled literature.
Many purple passages.
An over-embellished story of the fish that got away.

Synonymsempurpled, over-embellished



3. purple belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

SamplesGolden age of imperial splendor.
Purple tyrant.
Regal attire.
Treated with royal acclaim.
The royal carriage of a stag's head.

Synonymsimperial, majestic, regal, royal



English noun: purple

1. purple (attribute) a purple color or pigment


Broader (hypernym)chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour

Narrower (hyponym)lavender, mauve, reddish blue, reddish purple, royal purple, violet

2. purple (state) of imperial status

SamplesHe was born to the purple.

Broader (hypernym)nobility, noblesse

English verb: purple

1. purple (change) become purple

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, discolor, discolour

2. purple (change) color purple

Synonymsempurple, purpurate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize

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