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purple passage

noun

Definition of purple passage

  1. 1 :  a passage conspicuous for brilliance or effectiveness in a work that is dull, commonplace, or uninspired

  2. 2 chiefly British :  a piece of obtrusively ornate writing —called also purple patch



Origin of purple passage

translation of Latin pannus purpureus purple patch; from the traditional splendor of purple cloth as contrasted with plainer materials


First Known Use: 1895


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