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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of empurple.
  • adj. made purple, especially having a purple complexion because of rage etc.
  • adj. over-embellished or flowery

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. excessively elaborate or showily expressed


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  • "Turning 50 is a cause for sombre reflection, not celebration," opined Norris and, as a flurry of firemen attempted to free her empurpled cranium, shame descended once more.

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  • Ere I hid my head she was standing in her cavern halls, glowing coldly westward—her feet were blackness: her robes, empurpled, flowed mistily from shoulder down in formless folds of folds; her head, pine-crowned, was set with jeweled stars.


  • I seem to see the spears of mighty horsemen flash golden in the light; empurpled banners flame afar, and the low thunder of marching hosts thrills with the thunder of the sea.


  • You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose?

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  • The Minotaur lumbered across a rusty bog empurpled with heather.

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  • Charles pointed at the largest of the humpy islands that had once been empurpled in the sunset.

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  • Night fell, though even from our balcony we could see little of the empurpled sky, nothing at all of the stars, Allie and Ta-Den dressing up in glitter, riding the elevator down and running out onto the casino floor with glad cries, cries of _Slots!

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  • The big production paintings, like Winter Timber (2008) — actually many separate canvases fitted together in postproduction — are stagy, and you may tire of its empurpled sweetness.

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  • That sound you hear is the sound of all of the blood rushing to Bill Clinton's empurpled face.

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  • I now have a red face to go with my empurpled head prose.

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  • "Luckily such drastic measures weren't required; the crab was disgorged by a fortunate slap, leaving the victim empurpled and gasping, but otherwise unharmed."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 107

    January 17, 2010