purple prose


noun

writing that calls attention to itself because of its obvious use of certain effects, as exaggerated sentiment or pathos, especially in an attempt to enlist or manipulate the reader's sympathies.

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Cultural definitions for purple prose

purple prose

Writing full of ornate or flowery language. Ornate, flowery speech can also be referred to as purple prose.

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