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Purple vs. Indigo: Know the Difference

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Purple is a color combining red and blue. Indigo is a deep blue with a hint of violet.
Purple vs. Indigo

Key Differences

"Purple is a secondary color made by combining red and blue. Indigo is a tertiary color, more complex, created by blending blue and violet."
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"Indigo is often associated with the deep color of denim. Purple is widely seen in flowers and is symbolic of royalty."
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"Purple can range from light lavender to dark plum. Indigo is typically a deep, saturated color, reminiscent of the night sky."
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"Indigo is named after the Indigo plant used for dyeing. Purple has historically been expensive to produce, hence its regal connotations."
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"Purple is used in art for its rich and vibrant hues. Indigo is essential in the traditional color spectrum, located between blue and violet."
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Comparison Chart

Basic Definition

A color made by mixing red and blue.
A deep blue with violet tones.
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Common Associations

Royalty, luxury, creativity.
Depth, intuition, denim fabric.
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Varieties

Lavender, plum, violet.
Deep blue, navy.
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Historical Significance

Expensive dye in ancient times.
Named after the indigo dye plant.
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Usage in Art

Symbolizes fantasy, mystery.
Used to convey depth, night scenes.
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Purple and Indigo Definitions

Purple

A color combining red and blue.
The sunset sky was a beautiful shade of purple.
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Indigo

Associated with denim and deep sea colors.
Her indigo dress matched the color of the ocean.
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Purple

Can vary from light lavender to deep plum.
Her favorite flowers were the light purple lilacs.
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Indigo

Often used to represent intuition and depth.
His paintings often featured indigo to symbolize depth.
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Purple

Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
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Indigo

Named after the indigo dye from the plant.
The jeans were dyed with natural indigo.
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Purple

Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
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Indigo

Any of various shrubs or herbs of the genus Indigofera in the pea family, having pinnately compound leaves and usually red or purple flowers in axillary racemes.
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Purple

Imperial power; high rank
Born to the purple.
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Indigo

A dark blue crystalline compound, C16H10N2O2, that is obtained from these plants or produced synthetically and is widely used as a textile dye. Also called indigotin.
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Purple

The rank or office of a cardinal.
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Indigo

Any of several related plants, especially those of the genera Amorpha and Baptisia.
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Purple

The rank or office of a bishop.
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Indigo

The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between blue and violet, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 450 nanometers; a dark blue to grayish purple blue.
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Purple

Of the color purple.
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Indigo

A purplish-blue colour
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Purple

Royal or imperial; regal.
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Indigo

An indigo-colored dye obtained from certain plants (the indigo plant or woad), or a similar synthetic dye.
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Purple

Elaborate and ornate
Purple prose.
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Indigo

An indigo plant, such as from species in genera Indigofera, Amorpha (false indigo), Baptisia (wild indigo), and Psorothamnus and Dalea (indigo bush).
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Purple

To make or become purple.
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Indigo

Having a deep purplish-blue colour
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Purple

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

A kind of deep blue, one of the seven prismatic colors.
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Purple

(colour theory) Any non-spectral colour on the line of purples on a colour chromaticity diagram or a colour wheel between violet and red.
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Indigo

A blue dyestuff obtained from several plants belonging to very different genera and orders, such as, the woad, Isatis tinctoria (family Cruciferae), Indigofera suffroticosa, Indigofera tinctoria (family Leguminosae), Indigofera Anil, Nereum tinctorium, Polygonum tinctorium Ait. (family Polygonaceae), etc.; called also natural indigo. It is a dark blue earthy substance, tasteless and odorless, with a copper-violet luster when rubbed. Indigo does not exist in the plants as such, but is obtained by decomposition of the glycoside indican.
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Purple

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
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Indigo

Having the color of, pertaining to, or derived from, indigo.
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Purple

(by extension) Imperial power, because the colour purple was worn by emperors and kings.
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Indigo

A blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically
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Purple

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

Deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of indigo dye
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Purple

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

A blue-violet color
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Purple

(medicine) Purpura.
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Indigo

A deep blue color with violet tones.
The night sky was a shade of dark indigo.
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Purple

Earcockle, a disease of wheat.
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Indigo

A color in the traditional rainbow spectrum.
Indigo is one of the seven colors of the rainbow.
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Purple

Any of the species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis).
The banded purple
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Purple

A cardinalate.
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Purple

Ellipsis of purple drank
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Purple

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

(US politics) Not predominantly red or blue, but having a mixture of Democrat and Republican support.
Purple state
Purple city
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Purple

(in Netherlands and Belgium) Mixed between social democrats and liberals.
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Purple

Imperial; regal.
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Purple

Blood-red; bloody.
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Purple

(of language) Extravagantly ornate, like purple prose.
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Purple

Completed in the fastest time so far in a given session.
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Purple

(intransitive) To turn purple in colour.
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Purple

(transitive) To dye purple.
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Purple

(transitive) To clothe in purple.
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Purple

A color formed by, or resembling that formed by, a combination of the primary colors red and blue.
Arraying with reflected purple and goldThe clouds that on his western throne attend.
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Purple

Cloth dyed a purple color, or a garment of such color; especially, a purple robe, worn as an emblem of rank or authority; specifically, the purple rode or mantle worn by Roman emperors as the emblem of imperial dignity; as, to put on the imperial purple.
Thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and purple, and scarlet.
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Purple

Hence: Imperial sovereignty; royal rank, dignity, or favor; loosely and colloquially, any exalted station; great wealth.
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Purple

A cardinalate. See Cardinal.
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Purple

Any species of large butterflies, usually marked with purple or blue, of the genus Basilarchia (formerly Limenitis) as, the banded purple (Basilarchia arthemis). See Illust. under Ursula.
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Purple

Any shell of the genus Purpura.
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Purple

See Purpura.
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Purple

A disease of wheat. Same as Earcockle.
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Purple

Exhibiting or possessing the color called purple, much esteemed for its richness and beauty; of a deep red, or red and blue color; as, a purple robe.
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Purple

Imperial; regal; - so called from the color having been an emblem of imperial authority.
Hide in the dust thy purple pride.
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Purple

Blood-red; bloody.
May such purple tears be alway shed.
I view a field of blood,And Tiber rolling with a purple blood.
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Purple

To make purple; to dye of purple or deep red color; as, hands purpled with blood.
When mornPurples the east.
Reclining soft in blissful bowers,Purpled sweet with springing flowers.
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Purple

A chromatic color between red and blue
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Purple

Of imperial status;
He was born to the purple
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Purple

Become purple
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Purple

Color purple
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Purple

Of a color midway between red and blue
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Purple

Excessively elaborate or showily expressed;
A writer of empurpled literature
Many purple passages
Speech embellished with classical quotations
An over-embellished story of the fish that got away
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Purple

Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler;
Golden age of imperial splendor
Purple tyrant
Regal attire
Treated with royal acclaim
The royal carriage of a stag's head
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Purple

Often associated with royalty and luxury.
The queen's robe was a rich purple.
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Purple

A vibrant color used in artistic expressions.
The artist used purple to highlight the painting's mood.
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Purple

Symbolic of creativity and imagination.
The purple decor in the room sparked creativity.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is indigo a natural dye?

Yes, indigo is derived from the indigo plant.
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Can purple vary in shade?

Yes, purple ranges from light lavender to dark plum.
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What emotions does indigo evoke?

Indigo can evoke feelings of depth and intuition.
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Is purple considered a warm or cool color?

Purple can be both, depending on the shade.
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How does purple affect room aesthetics?

Purple can add a touch of luxury and creativity to a room.
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What does purple symbolize in culture?

Purple often symbolizes royalty, luxury, and creativity.
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What is the primary difference between purple and indigo?

Purple is a mix of red and blue, while indigo is a deep blue with violet tones.
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How is indigo used in clothing?

Indigo is commonly used to dye denim fabric.
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Was purple always accessible as a dye?

Historically, purple dye was rare and expensive.
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How is indigo perceived in art?

Indigo is used to convey depth and is often seen in night scenes.
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Does indigo appear in the rainbow?

Yes, indigo is traditionally one of the rainbow colors.
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What industries use purple frequently?

Fashion, interior design, and arts often use purple.
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Are there natural sources of purple dye?

Yes, but they were historically rarer than other dyes.
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Is indigo more blue or violet?

Indigo is primarily blue with a hint of violet.
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What historical significance does indigo have?

Indigo has a long history in textile dyeing.
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