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English definition of “purple”

purple

adjective (STYLE)    /ˈpɜː.pl̩/ US  /ˈpɝː-/ UK
describes a piece of writing that is complicated or sounds false because the writer has tried too hard to make the style interesting: Despite occasional patches of purple prose, the book is mostly clear and incisive.ComplexityDifficult to understandDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse purpleness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Common coloursLess common colours
(Definition of purple adjective (STYLE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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