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Can you differentiate which one’s purple? Or is it violet? I’ve always wondered what’s the difference between these colors because they seem to be pretty much the same. So, I asked Wikipedia and here’s some fun facts I’ve learned about purple and violet.

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Purple is a range of hues of color occurring between red and blue.


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As the name of a color, violet is synonymous with a bluish purple, when the word “purple” is used in the common English language sense of any color between blue and red, not including either blue or red.


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In color theory, a “purple” is defined as any non-spectral color between violet and red (excluding violet and red themselves). The spectral colors violet and indigo are not purples according to color theory but they are purples according to common English usage since they are between red and blue.


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Since Isaac Newton listed violet as his name for the color of the short-wavelength end of the visible spectrum (approximately 380–450 nm), when both of the names purple and violet are used within the same system, violet represents colors nearer to blue, while purple is used for colors more nearly between violet and red on what is called in color theory the line of purples.


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In human color psychology, purple is also associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian purple was only affordable to the elites).

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A pale tint of violet is lavender.


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Like orange and silver, purple has no true word that rhymes with it.

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In Chinese painting, the color violet represents the harmony of the universe because it is a combination of red and blue (Yin and yang respectively).

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The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura), name of the Tyrian purple dye manufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.


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The only nation ever to use the color violet in its flag was the second Spanish republic.


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Porphyrophobia is fear of the color purple.


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The color violet was named in the 14th century after the violet flower.


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