Definition of purple passage in English:

purple passage


  • An elaborate or excessively ornate passage in a literary composition.

    • ‘It certainly adds new meaning to the notion of a purple passage.’
    • ‘There are few, if any, purple passages, although he can occasionally be almost lyrical about the most unlikely subjects, such as a well-made TV series.’
    • ‘We then came this purple passage: ‘It is the global, not European company, the global, not European brand, and global not European flows of capital that dominate…’’
    • ‘I'm not sure more than a handful of workers would relate to the purple passages in your editorial.’
    • ‘Wolfe won it for a couple of purple passages from his latest novel I am Charlotte Simmons, a tale of campus life at an exclusive US university.’
    • ‘Even in the more purple passages in Brideshead, there is a chastity of prose style that prevents Waugh's linguistic exuberance from boiling over.’
    • ‘Although both narrators are prone to purple passages, the texture of Singer's Gothic prose remains one of the novel's strengths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the rare occasions he gets it wrong, Paddy has been responsible for some of the most highly coloured purple passages in travel literature.’