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Purple - violet or pourpre

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Purple - violet or pourpre

According to Larousse (and wordreference) , as an adjective for the colour purple, either violet or pourpre is correct. Pourpre is not being accepted as a correct alternative in the lesson for 'a purple broom', only « un balai violet » is accepted. 

I know that some may reserve « pourpre » for a darker red, "short" of purple - colour perceptions and names are always subjective.

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Maarten,

As you mentioned, ‘pourpre’ is most of the time the equivalent of ‘crimson’ and not ‘purple’. I don’t know if you have ever seen the French film “les Rivières Pourpres”, translated as “The Crimson Rivers”, with Jean Reno.

‘Pourpre’ as purple’ is only used in a few very specific contexts such as:

son visage est devenu pourpre his face turned purple

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

Purple - violet or pourpre

According to Larousse (and wordreference) , as an adjective for the colour purple, either violet or pourpre is correct. Pourpre is not being accepted as a correct alternative in the lesson for 'a purple broom', only « un balai violet » is accepted. 

I know that some may reserve « pourpre » for a darker red, "short" of purple - colour perceptions and names are always subjective.

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