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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flush red/crimson/scarlet
▪ Robyn felt her cheeks flush scarlet.
▪ A 30s Venus with a tiny, Cupid's bow mouth, lipsticked crimson.
▪ And you must notice in this new first smoker the seats and backs are fitted with embossed crimson leather.
▪ Both sides fought with abandon, crimson water swirling round their knees.
▪ He picked up the flower and held it to the light, a cluster of faded crimson petals with attenuated stalks.
▪ It watched her, unwinking, until she reached the room behind the shop and shut the door on its crimson gaze.
▪ They came out at last and Haile Selassie went forward under a crimson canopy to show himself to his people.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Crimson \Crim"son\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crimsoned (-z'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Crimsoning.] To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.

Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy lethe.


Crimson \Crim"son\, a. Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red. ``A crimson tide.''
--Mrs. Hemans.

The blushing poppy with a crimson hue.


Crimson \Crim"son\, v. t. To become crimson; to blush.

Ancient towers . . . beginning to crimson with the radiant luster of a cloudless July morning.
--De Quincey.


Crimson \Crim"son\ (kr[i^]m"z'n), n. [OE. crimson, OF. crimoisin, F. cramoisi (cf. Sp. carmesi.) LL. carmesinus, fr. Ar. qermazi, fr. qermez crimson, kermes, fr. Skr. k[.r]mija produced by a worm; k?mi worm or insect + jan to generate; akin to E. kin. CF. Carmine, Kermes.] A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general.

Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
--Is. i. 18.

A maid yet rosed over with the virgin crimson of modesty.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from crimson (n.). Related: Crimsoned; crimsoning.


early 15c., "deep red color," from Old Spanish cremesin "of or belonging to the kermes" (the shield-louse insects from which a deep red dye was obtained), from Medieval Latin cremesinus (see kermes). For similar transfer of the dye word to generic use for "red," compare Old Church Slavonic čruminu, Russian čermnyj "red," from the same source.

  1. 1 Having a deep red color. 2 Having loose morals. n. A deep, slightly bluish red. v

  2. 1 to blush 2 To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.

  1. adj. having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies [syn: red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet]

  2. characterized by violence or bloodshed; "writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke; "fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray; "convulsed with red rage"- Hudson Strode [syn: red, violent]

  3. (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion; "crimson with fury"; "turned red from exertion"; "with puffy reddened eyes"; "red-faced and violent"; "flushed (or crimson) with embarrassment" [syn: red, reddened, red-faced, flushed]

  1. n. a deep and vivid red [syn: ruby, deep red]

  2. v. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by" [syn: blush, flush, redden]


'''Crimson ''' is a strong, red color, inclining to purple. It originally meant the color of the kermes dye produced from a scale insect, Kermes vermilio, but the name is now sometimes also used as a generic term for slightly bluish-red colors that are between red and rose.

Crimson (disambiguation)

Crimson is a color.

Crimson may also refer to:

Crimson (Alkaline Trio album)

Crimson is the fifth album by Alkaline Trio.

Crimson (Wildstorm)

Crimson is a fantasy/ horror comic book series created by artist Humberto Ramos and scripter Brian Augustyn from story concepts by script F.G. Haghenbeck and Oscar Pinto.

Crimson (Sentenced album)

Crimson, released in January 2000 on Century Media, is an album by the Finnish heavy metal band Sentenced. The album artwork was done by Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity.

Crimson (Nanase Aikawa album)

Crimson is Nanase Aikawa's third album.

Crimson (Code Red album)

Crimson is the third album by British boy band Code Red, released in 2001 via Polydor Records.

Crimson (Music)

Crimson is a Christian Metal band that was based out of Bakersfield, California, a product of the Rock and Metal scene that also gave birth to bands like KORN, PaperHouse and others. Crimson released 2 EPs both under the same title and primarily toured the West Coast of the U.S.

Crimson (Edge of Sanity album)

Crimson is the fifth full-length studio album by Swedish death metal band Edge of Sanity, which is their first concept album and was released in 1996 by Black Mark Production. It features a single 40-minute track, telling a story in the distant future, when human civilization is about to end.

The album, which features Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, received substantial critical acclaim, and is considered by most fans to be Edge of Sanity's finest achievement. A sequel, Crimson II, was released in 2003 and picks up directly where the first album left off. Both albums were remixed and slightly edited to fit together on one CD for release on the 2006 compilation When All is Said; these new mixes/edits were split into sections and released digitally to online retailers and streaming services.

While the album was originally pressed on vinyl upon release in 1996, it was later reissued with Crimson II as a double vinyl in 2003. This version splits the song in half, the parts running 18:38 and 21:04 respectively.

Crimson (comics)

Crimson, in comics, may refer to:

  • Crimson (Wildstorm), a comic book series from Images Comics' Cliffhanger imprint and DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint
  • Crimson (Marvel Comics), a Marvel Comics superhero
  • Crimson, one of the aliases used by Wildstorm character Jodi Slayton

It may also refer to:

  • Crimson Avenger, a number of DC Comics superheroes
  • Crimson Commando, a number of Marvel Comics superheroes
  • Crimson Cowl, a number of Marvel Comics superheroes
  • Crimson Crusader, a Marvel Comics characters in ClanDestine
  • Crimson Curse, a Marvel Comics character from the MC2 universe
  • Crimson Daffodil, a Marvel Comics character associated with Cloak and Dagger
  • Crimson Dawn, a fictional substance that has appeared in Marvel Comics
  • Crimson Dynamo, a number of Marvel Comics character
  • Crimson Fox, a DC Comics superheroine
  • Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, a fictional object in the Marvel Universe which provides the power for Juggernaut
  • Crimson Guard, a group in GI Joe who appear in the comic book adaptation
Crimson (wrestler)

Anthony Gregory Mayweather (born February 21, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, best known for working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Crimson. He has also worked for TNA's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he is a former one-time OVW Heavyweight Champion and a two-time OVW Southern Tag Team Champion with Jason Wayne. Prior to signing with TNA, Mayweather worked under the ring name Tommy Mercer for various promotions on the independent circuit, including Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), NWA Main Event and Showtime All-Star Wrestling (SAW). Mayweather served five years in the United States Army, which included two tours of Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Usage examples of "crimson".

The crimson orange Tequila Sunrise sky was laced with smokestacks of Aeonian fluted columns, burning pyres for the wretched landscapes.

With the aethereal footsteps trembled not: The light and crimson mists, Floating to strains of thrilling melody Through that unearthly dwelling, Yielded to every movement of the will.

Then shadows moved up from the bruise-black depths, shading more and more of the writhing billows of cumulus and nimbus, finally climbing into the high cirrus and pond-rippled altocumulus, but at first the shadows brought not grayness or darkness, but an infinite palette of subtleties: gleaming gold dimming to bronze, pure white becoming cream and then dimming to sepia and shade, crimson with the boldness of spilled blood slowly darkening to the rust-red of dried blood, then fading to an autumnal tawny russet.

Campanians arrogated to themselves: it was woven of the whitest Apulian wool, and variegated with broad stripes of crimson.

It was lucky that it was dark, for Honoria and Argemone both blushed crimson.

It was a dark, luxuriously masculine retreat, the walls covered in stamped leather, the floors thickly carpeted in an Aubusson pattern of crimson and gold.

He was all axman now, sure and powerful in his heavy crimson cloak, the weight of his broadax straining the leather harness at his breast.

Major Grover stepped in front of him and leveled a forefinger straight at the crimson Babbitt nose.

The barkeep was talking to a tall man wearing robes of crimson highlighted with thin white stripes and an ivory white cloak with red trim.

Anyone sharp-eyed enough to have caught sight of the occupants of the Mercedes that evening as it sped through the centre of Fettlesham in the direction of Fettlesham Royal Infirmary would have thought they were hallucinating: an ageing German admiral with a handlebar moustache was at the wheel of the car, a heavily bemedalled SS officer was in the passenger seat, and an overweight nun with crimson lips and sky-blue eye-shadow was sitting in the back gesticulating.

There he was greeted by the parliamentary member, the representatives of the local council, various trembling beadles and burghers, and a squad of shrunken, bemedalled regimental pensioners in their frayed crimson tunics, ready for one final war.

She sat down, the crimson silk of her dress spilling bloodlike over the white fur.

Then the distorted Effigy shot up into the blueshifted sky and arced down over the edge of the cliff, hurling itself after the misty water into the flickering crimson of the plain below.

Three indigenous fig trees dwarfed the buildings, crimson frangipani burst like fireworks against the green kikuyu grass, beds of bright barber ton daisies ringed the gentle terraces that fell away to the stream, and a bougainvillaea creeper smothered the main building in a profusion of dark green and purple.

Brota loomed above them all in her wind-rippled crimson, Tomiyano was a silent audience on the fringes in a brown breechclout, and Wallie himself, huge in blue.