Magenta vs. Purple

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Main Difference

The main difference between Magenta and Purple is that the Magenta is a color visible between red and purple; subtractive (CMY) primary color and Purple is a range of colors with the hues between blue and red.

  • Magenta

    Magenta () is a color that is variously defined as purplish-red, reddish-purple, purplish, or mauvish-crimson. On computer screens, it is made by mixing equal amounts of blue and red. On color wheels of the RGB (additive) and CMY (subtractive) color models, it is located midway between red and blue. It is the complementary color of green. It is one of the four colors of ink used in color printing and by an inkjet printer, along with yellow, black, and cyan, to make all the other colors. The tone of magenta used in printing is called “printer’s magenta”.

    Magenta took its name from an aniline dye made and patented in 1859 by the French chemist Fran├žois-Emmanuel Verguin, who originally called it fuchsine. It was renamed to celebrate the Italian-French victory at the Battle of Magenta fought between the French and Austrians on June 4, 1859, near the Italian town of Magenta in Lombardy. A virtually identical color, called roseine, was created in 1860 by two British chemists, Chambers Nicolson and George Maule.

    The web color magenta is also called fuchsia.

  • Purple

    Purple is a color intermediate between blue and red. It is similar to violet, but unlike violet, which is a spectral color with its own wavelength on the visible spectrum of light, purple is a composite color made by combining red and blue. According to surveys in Europe and the U.S., purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety. When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity, and seduction.Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. The complementary color of purple is yellow.

Wikipedia
  • Magenta (noun)

    A light purple, purplish-red, or pinkish purple colour obtained by mixing red and blue light (thus a secondary colour), but primary in the CMYK colour system used in printing.

    “FF00FF”

    “FF0090”

    “CA1F7B”

  • Magenta (adjective)

    having the colour of fuchsia, fuchsine, light purple.

  • Purple (noun)

    A colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue; dark magenta.

    “color panel|800080”

  • Purple (noun)

    Cloth, or a garment, dyed a purple colour; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple robe or mantle worn by Ancient Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity.

    “to put on the imperial purple”

  • Purple (noun)

    Imperial power, because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings.

  • Purple (noun)

    Any of various species of mollusks from which Tyrian purple dye was obtained, especially the common dog whelk.

  • Purple (noun)

    The purple haze cultivar of cannabis in the kush family, either pure or mixed with others, or by extension any variety of smoked marijuana.

  • Purple (noun)

    Purpura.

  • Purple (noun)

    Earcockle, a disease of wheat.

  • Purple (noun)

    Any of the species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus ver=170608 (formerly ver=170608).

    “the banded purple”

  • Purple (noun)

    A cardinalate.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Having a colour/color that is a dark blend of red and blue.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support, as in purple state, purple city.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Mixed between social democrats and liberals.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Imperial; regal.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Blood-red; bloody.

  • Purple (adjective)

    Extravagantly ornate, like purple prose.

  • Purple (verb)

    To turn purple in colour.

  • Purple (verb)

    To dye purple.

  • Purple (verb)

    To clothe in purple.

Wiktionary
  • Magenta (noun)

    a light mauvish-crimson which is one of the primary subtractive colours, complementary to green

    “a short magenta dress”

    “bright pink double flowers each lined in dark magenta”

  • Magenta (noun)

    the dye fuchsin.

  • Purple (noun)

    a colour intermediate between red and blue

    “the painting was mostly in shades of blue and purple”

  • Purple (noun)

    purple clothing or material.

  • Purple (noun)

    a crimson dye obtained from some molluscs, formerly used for fabric worn by an emperor or senior magistrate in ancient Rome or Byzantium.

  • Purple (noun)

    (in ancient Rome or Byzantium) clothing made from fabric dyed with Tyrian purple.

  • Purple (noun)

    (in ancient Rome) a position of rank, authority, or privilege

    “he was too young to assume the purple”

  • Purple (noun)

    the scarlet official dress of a cardinal.

  • Purple (adjective)

    of a colour intermediate between red and blue

    “a faded purple T-shirt”

  • Purple (verb)

    make or become purple in colour

    “Edmund’s cheeks purpled”

    “the neon was purpling the horizon above the highway”

Oxford Dictionary

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