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Thursday, January 03, 2013

violescent

\vahy-uh-LES-uhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Tending to a violet color: a violescent twilight sky.
Quotes:
Scriabin's prelude is dark in color, violescent, like moiré unfurling in the evening wind.
-- Gabriele D'Annunzio, Notturno
The portrait was vile, a dirty grey colour with large violescent patches.
-- Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin
Origin:
Violescent is clearly related to the more common word violet. The suffix -escent means "beginning to show" as in the word luminescent.
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