Coloring the Page: Purple

PURPLE is up next in our continuing “Descriptive Kaleidoscope” of color synonyms, based on one of my favorite writing tools — created by a gentleman who is blind but had his sight until he was 11.

Check out the earlier entries for “Red,” “Blue,” “Green,” “Yellow,” “Black,” “Brown,” “White” and “Gray” here.

Burgundy: Dark grayish or blackish purple to dark purplish red
Lavender: Light purple to very light or pale violet
Lilac: Pale to moderate purple
Magenta: Moderate to vivid purplish red
Mauve: Brilliant violet to strong or brilliant purple
Mulberry: Dark purple; almost black at times
Orchid: Pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink or red
Plum: Deep purple
Raspberry: Moderate to deep purplish red
Royal Purple: A deep to strong purple
Violet: Reddish blue, purplish red
Indigo: Deep bluish purple

And, if you just can't get enough of synonyms, check out the new Physical Attribute thesaurus at The Bookshelf Muse.


  1. Cool, Nicole. I never thought of purple as so many different shades. :)

  2. Giving people 'the purple' isn't the same as 'the raspberry.'

  3. Specific is always more active than general, good to remember with colour too.

  4. I've always wondered about Mauve, and now I know :)

    Best Regards,

    Barney (the Mauve) dinosaur :)

  5. You've written about my favorite color! I love all hues of purple.