Definition of purple passage in English:

purple passage

Line breaks: pur¦ple pas|sage


An elaborate or excessively ornate passage in a literary composition.
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  • Although both narrators are prone to purple passages, the texture of Singer's Gothic prose remains one of the novel's strengths.
  • On the rare occasions he gets it wrong, Paddy has been responsible for some of the most highly coloured purple passages in travel literature.
  • This is hardly surprising, in view of the multiple tragedies that assailed Vierne at the time of composition, which, as detailed in the admirable notes, read like the more purple passages of the Book of Job.

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