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purple prose

noun
1.
writing that calls attention to itself because of its obvious use of certain effects, as exaggerated sentiment or pathos, especially in an attempt to enlist or manipulate the reader's sympathies.
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  • In war, there are purple hearts, and in literature there is purple prose.
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Writing full of ornate or flowery language. Ornate, flowery speech can also be referred to as purple prose.

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