One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make or become purple.no object ‘his face empurpled with fury’
annoy, irritate, exasperate, irk, vex, put out, provoke, pique, gall, displeaseView synonyms
- ‘She sent me the red rose we called hers, her type and symbol, to wear inside my wedding dress - I have it still, a few petals empurpled with age, pressed inside an old locket.’’
- ‘She turned, her wild sow-eyes glowing back over her shoulder and her empurpled lips puckered a moment.’
- ‘Cheeks empurpled, spit launching in all directions, eyes afire with outraged vanity, the Colonel will have none of your treachery.’
- ‘The look on the empurpled face of the director as he expostulated on this ‘craven surrender’ for Channel Four news was such a laugh.’
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