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Purple

(blue and red) indicates the love of truth even unto martyrdom. (See under Colour , for its symbolisms, etc.)

Purple

(Promotion to the). Promotion to the rank of cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Dr. Moran's promotion to the purple is certain.” —Newspaper paragraph.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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