purple passage

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Noun1.purple passage - a passage full of ornate and flowery language
passage - a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
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Baker has made many friends in the region over the last 10 years or so with a string of excellent records, all of which have been the subject of purple prose from the pundits.
Though some critics took issue with Handler's narrator's sometimes purple prose and unnecessary framework and others didn't know what to make of his comments about racism, all agreed that Handler "has a keen sense for the greatest injustice of adolescence: the twinned feelings of infinite capability and complete impotence" (Kansas City Star).
Gushing purple prose that greeted the landmark building's opening now seem horribly hollow.
I am reading this magazine and there is this article about childhood memories and six people have written these ghastly, flowery pieces about sunsets and walks in the park and gamboling in rose gardens and treks to some flipping hill station and babbling brooks and the shade of old banyan trees and their first little pet called Rover and loving relatives and even more loving cousins and the one who has written about the most purple prose you can imagine (my childhood days were spun from gossamer thread, each skein a personal memory, precious and as special as the dew kissed tulips in the garden where the fountain tinkled its own symphony and we sat around the pond where goldfish played tag and recited poetry) has won first prize of a free air trip for two.
The annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction contest rewards mangled metaphors, purple prose and cliches.
This time round, there were also potshots of purple prose ricocheting through social media.
Do not dismiss the purple prose or staged pictures out-of-hand.
They seemed almost to enjoy it when an atrocity allowed them to indulge in purple prose about the hell-born wickedness of the "other side".
So, whether you want to cover a whole wall with purple prose or just stick a postcard that makes you laugh to your fridge, there are loads of ways that you can let your home do the talking.
Often the purple prose - brimful of alleged shock-horror - has been downloaded, thought-free, straight from anti-shooting websites.
It should give you the whole colourful story, while cutting out a lot of the purple prose.
He'd become her internalised bullshit detector, ever ready to turn down any emergent eruptions of purple prose.