crimson

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From Spanish, from Arabic قرمز (qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit.

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Noun[edit]

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  1. A deep, slightly bluish red.
    crimson colour:    
    • Arthur Conan Doyle
      To my horror I perceived that the yellow blossoms were all dabbled with crimson.

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crimson (comparative more crimson, superlative most crimson)

  1. Having a deep red colour.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 5, The Younger Set[1]:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; … ; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
    • Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Her crimson dress inflames grey corridors, or flaring in a sunshaft through high branches makes of the deep green shadows a greenness darker yet, and a darkness greener.
  2. Having loose morals.

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crimson (third-person singular simple present crimsons, present participle crimsoning, simple past and past participle crimsoned)

  1. to blush
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
      Gerty MacDowell bent down her head and crimsoned at the idea of Cissy saying an unladylike thing like that out loud she'd be ashamed of her life to say, flushing a deep rosy red, and Edy Boardman said she was sure the gentleman opposite heard what she said. But not a pin cared Ciss.
  2. To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
    • Shakespeare
      Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy lethe.

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