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purple passage

noun

Definition of PURPLE PASSAGE

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

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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