crimson

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crimson characterized by violence or bloodshed "writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke","fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray","convulsed with red rage"- Hudson Strode"
    • adj crimson of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
    • adj crimson (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion "crimson with fury","turned red from exertion","with puffy reddened eyes","red-faced and violent","flushed (or crimson) with embarrassment"
    • v crimson turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
    • n crimson a deep and vivid red color
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crimson krĭm"z'n A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general. "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson , they shall be as wool.""A maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty."
    • a Crimson Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red. "A crimson tide.""The blushing poppy with a crimson hue."
    • v. t Crimson To become crimson; to blush. "Ancient towers . . . beginning to crimson with the radiant luster of a cloudless July morning."
    • v. t Crimson To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden. "Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy lethe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crimson A highly chromatic red color somewhat inclining toward purple, like that of an alkaline infusion of cochineal, or of red wine a year or two old; deep red.
    • crimson Of a red color inclining to purple; deep-red.
    • crimson To dye with crimson; make crimson.
    • crimson To become of a deep-red color; be tinged with red; blush: as, her cheeks crimsoned.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crimson krim′zn a deep red colour, tinged with blue: red in general
    • adj Crimson deep red
    • v.t Crimson to dye crimson
    • v.i Crimson to become crimson: to blush
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crimson, OF. crimoisin, F. cramoisi,cf. Sp. carmesi,.) LL. carmesinus, fr. Ar. qermazi, fr. qermez, crimson, kermes, fr. Skr. kṛmija, produced by a worm; kmi, worm or insect + jan, to generate; akin to E. kin,. CF. Carmine Kermes

Usage

In literature:

Crimson is the favorite color for man or woman.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
Her face grew crimson.
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
His head felt as though it were about to split in two; a cloud, shot with crimson stars, swam before his eyes.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
In vain the panting, crimson clergyman mounted the superintendent's platform, and strove to shed the oil of peace upon those seething waters.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Su-wa-nee can tell him one that will crimson his cheeks like the flowers of the red maple.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Both riders and horses were apparelled in crimson velvet.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
There is another dark speck, high, high above the crimson clouds.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
He wore full uniform, was fully equipped, crimson chechia, snowy gaiters, and terrible sabre-bayonet.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
He unlaced its flap and drew out a folded length of deep blue silk and then a crimson one.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The ground is crimson with blood.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Cold greens contrast with crimson and harmonize with olive.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Meeting her level gaze, he flushed crimson with mortification.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
She lifted the little automatic and began to shoot into the pillar of crimson fire beside the tiny, spinning globe.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
In color, they were a brilliant crimson, deepening into purple near the center.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
The snow which covered the ground was now crimsoned with blood, and strewed with the bodies of the slain.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
A faint glow of crimson shot across the carpet.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
There was little hilarity among the detraining football followers, and crimson colors gave way to the somber black of umbrellas.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
Fruit globular, in large, dense, erect panicles, covered with crimson hairs.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
He upon the black horse, with the crimson crest and the terrible eyes!
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Why, I know that grey costume and that crimson toque.
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

So much I love, that I
Envy the cup she sips,
When over-long it rests
On her soft, crimson lips!
"A Baghdad Lover" by Charles Hanson Towne
Why speak of Giamschid rubies
Whence rosy starlight drips?
I know a richer crimson,--
The ruby of her lips.
"A Cameo" by Madison Julius Cawein
"I tint the dawn with crimson,
I tinge the sea with blue;
My track is in the desert,
My trail is in the dew.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
Never the dews shall nourish,
Never the tender rain;
Never the sun's warm kisses
Shall crimson thy lips again!
"The Faded-Flower" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
A little bit of garden,
with daffodils a-swing,
and tulip-flowers whose crimson flags
are only flown for spring.
"A Little Bit Of Garden" by William Henry Ogilvie
The Muse that comes at midnight,
When lamps of revel shine,
Her robe is laburnum,
All splashed with crimson wine.
"Muses" by Victor James Daley

In news:

Scott Limbaugh played a major role in leading the Alabama Crimson Tide Golf team's runner up finish in the 2012 NCAA Golf Championship.
Scared of a crimson lip.
The Crimson Bears and Falcons are shown in the season opening game for both teams.
King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew may be on the bill, too, but headliners Coheed and Cambria actually do best when they dispense with the prog-rock trappings.
In the closing sequence, however—the iconic shot in which Leatherface spins around in a mad rage—Sally is crimson, head-to-toe.
Black Cobra 's 'Crimson Blade' video.
Last year, Alabama pitcher Jimmy Nelson was the goat on Friday night for the Crimson Tide, blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to lose 8-7.
Ole Miss looks to rebound against Crimson Tide.
Animal Collective Reschedules NYC Shows, Shares "Crimson".
INTERVIEWS Animal Collective 's 'Crimson' Is a Goopy Tropical Hallucination.
Crimson's Haley/Kailey combo earns soccer all-state honors.
UA School of Music presents Jazz Standards Combo , Crimson Slides Wednesday.
My guess is it's crimson lips and platinum hair.
Alabama LG Chance Warmack - post-Arkansas Alabama left guard Chance Warmack talks after the Crimson Tide's 52-0 win Saturday against Arkansas.
Alabama's Barrett Jones knew the question was coming: How can the defending champion Crimson Tide avoid the missteps that caused the 2010 team to stumble.
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