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Adjective: purple (purpler,purplest)  pur-pul
  1. Of a colour intermediate between red and blue
    "A freshly cut meat surface isn't bright red; it's naturally purple";
    - violet, purplish
  2. Excessively elaborate or showily expressed
    "many purple passages";
    - empurpled, over-embellished
  3. Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
    "purple tyrant";
    - imperial, majestic, regal, royal
  4. [US] (politics) having a fairly balanced mixture of Democrat and Republican support
    "Florida and North Carolina are purple states, battlegrounds that won't be a sure thing for either party for the foreseeable future"
Noun: purple  pur-pul
  1. A colour between red and blue
    - purpleness
  2. (in ancient Rome) position of imperial status
    "he was born to the purple";
    - the purple
  3. (Roman Catholic Church) official dress of a cardinal; so named after the Tyrial purple colour of the robes
    - the purple
Verb: purple  pur-pul
  1. Become purple
  2. Colour purple
    - empurple, purpurate

Derived forms: purpler, purpled, purples, purplest, purpling

See also: chromatic, noble, rhetorical

Type of: chromatic color [US], chromatic colour [Brit, Cdn], color [US], color in [US], colorise [Brit], colorize [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], colour in [Brit, Cdn], colourise [Brit], colourize [Brit, Cdn], discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], ecclesiastical attire, ecclesiastical robe, nobility, noblesse, spectral color [US], spectral colour [Brit, Cdn]

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