Definition of purple prose in English:

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purple prose

Pronunciation: /ˈpərpəl prōz/


Prose that is too elaborate or ornate.
Example sentences
  • Not only does the work fall prey to purple prose and bad prose poetry on more than a few occasions, there are other moments when the work is just too mannered.
  • Stylistically, the author drifts between literary and purple prose.
  • I won't even go into the purple-ness of that purple prose.

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Syllabification: pur·ple prose

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