purple prose


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purple prose

Writing that is full of flowery or excessively elaborate language. My early romance novels were nothing but purple prose—very embarrassing to read now.
See also: purple

purple prose

Exceedingly florid, oversentimental writing. This term began life as purple patches in the Latin poet Horace’s De Arte Poetica (ca. 20 b.c.): “Often on a work of grave purpose and high promise is tacked a purple patch or two to give an effect of color.”
See also: purple
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If 2003's The Da Vinci Code was plodding and overly talky, at least director Ron Howard has cut down on the purple prose of author Dan Brown's source novel and made this sequel more of an old-fashioned chase thriller, with clues aplenty to be solved.
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I was going to write some purple prose on the scoring exploits of a certain forward, but I daren't do it.
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We couldn't find Judge Taylor's attempt to grapple with those precedents, perhaps because they'd have interfered with the lilt of her purple prose.
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