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  • adj. Of a purple colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a purple color; purple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Purple.


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  • With glooming robes purpureal, cypress-crowned; 150

    The Hound of Heaven

  • On the contrary, he was just one of those purpureal, imposing, nugatory personages who, because of his easygoing nullity, his commonplace, worldly shrewdness, and his total absence of zeal and genius, suited the corrupt luke-warmness of a semi-Christian city.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • Arsacius, pompous and purpureal as his luxurious brother had been, was only too glad to give every facility for removing ‘all that rubbish,’ as he called it.

    Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom

  • Her refusal to wink at the Princess's goings-on, her austere, if provincial, regard for the convenances, had cost her the place, and from these purpureal heights she had fallen lower and lower, till she struck the attic of the Hôtel des Tourterelles.

    The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes

  • Some of the maps are marked with red lines showing, in the words of another illustrious Johnian, "fields invested with purpureal gleams."

    The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge

  • I, too, might have observed something as I went sailing over the purpureal ocean.

    Hypolympia Or, The Gods in the Island, an Ironic Fantasy

  • And Lucy wondered why the long ascent to Nemi was so delightful; why the scirocco seemed to have gone from the air, leaving so purpureal and divine a light on mountain and lake and distance.


  • Samphire sprouts between the blocks of marble, and in sheltered nooks the caper hangs her beautiful purpureal snowy bloom.

    New Italian sketches

  • In what Virgil has call'd, "Youth's purpureal light"


  • "enwound with glooming robes purpureal, cypress-crowned."

    Among Famous Books


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  • Thine is the tranquil hour, purpureal Eve!

    --Wm. Wordsworth, Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour and Beauty.

    August 30, 2014