purple


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Synonyms for purple

of imperial status

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become purple

of a color intermediate between red and blue

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excessively elaborate or showily expressed

belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

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There are many other colors, however, and the purple ones are scattered throughout the rooms, and are of many different shapes and sizes.
Next she touched the image of a purple kitten that stood on the corner of a mantel, and as she pronounced the word "Ev" the kitten disappeared, and a pretty, fair-haired boy stood beside her.
But every little while, as it pecked at the bark of the tree, the purple bird bethought itself of some secret sorrow, and repeated its plaintive note of "Peep, peep, pe--weep
It was the same pretty little bird, with the purple wings and body, the yellow legs, the golden collar round its neck, and the crown-like tuft upon its head, whose behavior had so much surprised Ulysses.
It entered into them, dreamy and languorous, weakening the fibres of resolution, suffusing the face of morality, or of judgment, with haze and purple mist.
A slave, he had read, had risen to the Roman purple.
And all those 'ouses and streets and ways used to be full of people before the War in the Air and the Famine and the Purple Death.
ouses and took what we wanted and buried moce of the people, but up that way, Norwood way, there's 'ouses with the glass in the windows still, and the furniture not touched--all dusty and falling to pieces--and the bones of the people lying, some in bed, some about the 'ouse, jest as the Purple Death left 'em five-and-twenty years ago.
Those performances which had been witnessed by his fellows marched now in wide purple and gold, having various deflections.
It clung near him always and darkened his view of these deeds in purple and gold.
No one did so much as look at the travelers at first, except one little purple china dog with an extra-large head, which came to the wall and barked at them in a tiny voice, afterwards running away again.
They were eight pretty rabbits dressed only in gauzy purple skirts fastened around their waists with diamond bands.
Beyond her was a purple sky, flowering with stars over the harbor.
The hills, purple and arid, stood out heavily on the sky: their summits seemed to fade into a coloured tremble as of ascending vapour; their steep sides were streaked with the green of narrow ravines; at their foot lay rice-fields, plantain-patches, yellow sands.
Outside, there is the stirring of birds among the leaves, or the sound of men going forth to their work, or the sigh and sob of the wind coming down from the hills and wandering round the silent house, as though it feared to wake the sleepers and yet must needs call forth sleep from her purple cave.