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noun 
  1. (archaic) Fine cloth, especially purple cloth used for robes.
  2. (context, Christianity) A cloth used for various purposes on the altar in a church.
  3. A heavy canvas laid over a coffin or tomb.
    • 1942: Thirty years or so later, a woman was put to death for stealing the purple from his sarcophagus, a strange, crazy crime " Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 150)
verb 
  1. To make vapid or insipid; to make lifeless or spiritless; to dull; to weaken.

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