crimson vs reddened what difference

what is difference between crimson and reddened



Late Middle English cremesyn, from obsolete French cramoisin or Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic قِرْمِز(qirmiz), from Persian کرمست(kirmist), from Middle Persian; see Proto-Indo-Iranian *kŕ̥miš. Cognate with Sanskrit कृमिज (kṛmija). Doublet of kermes; also see carmine.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪmzən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪmzən/, /ˈkɹɪmsən/


crimson (countable and uncountable, plural crimsons)
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  1. A deep, slightly bluish red.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Priory School” in The Return of Sherlock Holmes,[1]
      To my horror I perceived that the yellow blossoms were all dabbled with crimson.



crimson (comparative more crimson, superlative most crimson)

  1. Having a deep red colour.
    • Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Her crimson dress inflames grey corridors, or flaring in a sunshaft through high branches makes of the deep green shadows a greenness darker yet, and a darkness greener.
  2. Immodest. (Can we add an example for this sense?)



crimson (third-person singular simple present crimsons, present participle crimsoning, simple past and past participle crimsoned)

  1. (intransitive) To become crimson or deep red; to blush.
    • 1885, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Ring” in The Poetical Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, New York and Boston: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., Volume 2, p. 662,[2]
      Father. Why do you look so gravely at the tower?
      Miram. I never saw it yet so all ablaze
      With creepers crimsoning to the pinnacles,
  2. (transitive) To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1,[3]
      Here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,
      Sign’d in thy spoil, and crimson’d in thy lethe.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, London: Macmillan, 1902, Chapter 28, p. 153,[4]
      Her face was crimsoned over, and she exclaimed, in a voice of the greatest emotion, “Good God! Willoughby, what is the meaning of this? []
    • 1936, William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, New York: Modern Library, 1951, Chapter 5, p. 138,[5]
      [] that sheetless bed (that nuptial couch of love and grief) with the pale and bloody corpse in its patched and weathered gray crimsoning the bare mattress []


Derived terms

  • crimson lake

Related terms

  • kermes
  • carmine

See also

  • (reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine (Category: en:Reds)

Further reading

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.


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  1. simple past tense and past participle of redden


reddened (comparative more reddened, superlative most reddened)

  1. Made red.
    Her reddened face told me she was angry.


  • deredden

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