And directly the sun had disappeared the heavens above it purpled and became a lake of blood, whilst the Campagna turned to grey.
He purpled with laughing and said: ‘Gad, she’ll always have her way!
The Seraph spoke; when thro the purpled air The northern armies spread the flames of war.
At the moment when they reached the river, the sun rose majestically on the horizon in a mist of purpled clouds.
The purpled fury his face expressed sickened to a mottled gray.
Rich muslin shades over the chandeliers (Rosalie's work) purpled all the atmosphere of the parlors.
It was colour that changed and grew in splendour with ash of rose and purpled cloud border and glowing orange streamer.
Kate's face was white, the mouth was a taut line, the eyes gleamed feverishly amid the purpled rings of wakeful nights.
Lilacs also, flushed with rose, purpled the walls of old houses.
Fenayrou stared at him wide-eyed, and from the shadow of a folded mat The Parrot thrust his purpled face.
Old English purpul, dissimilation (first recorded in Northumbrian, in Lindisfarne gospel) of purpure "purple dye, a purple garment," purpuren (adj.) "purple," a borrowing by 9c. from Latin purpura "purple color, purple-dyed cloak, purple dye," also "shellfish from which purple was made," and "splendid attire generally," from Greek porphyra "purple dye, purple" (cf. porphyry), of uncertain origin, perhaps Semitic, originally the name for the shellfish (murex) from which it was obtained. Purpur continued as a parallel form until 15c., and through 19c. in heraldry. As a color name, attested from early 15c. Tyrian purple, produced around Tyre, was prized as dye for royal garments.
Also the color of mourning or penitence (especially in royalty or clergy). Rhetorical for "splendid, gaudy" (of prose) from 1590s. Purple Heart, U.S. decoration for service members wounded in combat, instituted 1932; originally a cloth decoration begun by George Washington in 1782. Hendrix' Purple Haze (1967) is slang for "LSD."
c.1400, from purple (n.). Related: Purpled; purpling.