purple passage

purple passage
noun Etymology: translation of Latin pannus purpureus purple patch; from the traditional splendor of purple cloth as contrasted with plainer materials Date: 1895 1. a passage conspicuous for brilliance or effectiveness in a work that is dull, commonplace, or uninspired 2. chiefly British a piece of obtrusively ornate writing — called also purple patch

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • purple passage — noun an excessively ornate passage in a literary composition …   English new terms dictionary

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  • purple patch — ► NOUN 1) informal a run of success or good luck. 2) a purple passage …   English terms dictionary

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  • purple — /ˈpɜpəl / (say perpuhl) noun 1. any colour having components of both red and blue, especially a dark shade of such a colour. 2. (historically) a shade of crimson obtained using a dye from a mollusc; associated with emperors, royalty, etc. 3.… …   Australian English dictionary

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