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local colour

the characteristic features or atmosphere of a place or time
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  • Such “local colour” was unknown to Mrs. Radcliffe, as to Clara Reeve.

  • And it is in this respect that the local colour can literally be taken as local character.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • At their side there was a pile of common shell and shrapnel, and with this, the local colour of the picture is completed.

    The Siege of Mafeking (1900) J. Angus Hamilton.
  • Her great objection to Italy, on the whole, was its lack of local colour and character.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • That local colour is never quenched, as human blushes are quenched at night.

    London Impressions Alice Meynell
  • Neither sentiment nor local colour suggests the prairie or the camp.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • Solid pigment as local colour is a thing to indulge in only with extreme moderation.

  • But the local colour is inaccurate, and the circumstances impossible.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • Now it is a notable fact that local colour seems most genuine to those who are unable to verify it.

    Essays on Modern Novelists William Lyon Phelps
  • I have placed a nargile in your hand, to add to the local colour.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime

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