Scarlet vs. Crimson - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Scarlet

    Scarlet is a brilliant red color with a tinge of orange. In the spectrum of visible light, and on the traditional color wheel, it is one-quarter of the way between red and orange, slightly less orange than vermilion.
    According to surveys in Europe and the United States, scarlet and other bright shades of red are the colors most associated with courage, force, passion, heat, and joy. In the Roman Catholic Church, scarlet is the color worn by a cardinal, and is associated with the blood of Christ and the Christian martyrs, and with sacrifice.
    Scarlet is also often associated with immorality and sin, particularly prostitution or adultery, largely because of a passage referring to "The Great Harlot", "dressed in purple and scarlet", in the Bible (Revelation 17:1–6).

  • Crimson

    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 black and rose.

Wiktionary

  • Scarlet (noun)

    A bright colour.

    "color panel|FF2400"

  • Scarlet (noun)

    Cloth of a scarlet color.

  • Scarlet (adjective)

    Of a bright red colour.

  • Scarlet (adjective)

    Sinful or whorish.

    "a scarlet woman"

  • Scarlet (verb)

    To dye or tinge with scarlet.

  • Crimson (noun)

    A deep, slightly bluish red.

    "color panel|DC143C"

  • Crimson (adjective)

    Having a deep red colour.

  • Crimson (adjective)

    Immodest.

  • Crimson (verb)

    To become crimson or deep red; to blush.

  • Crimson (verb)

    To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Scarlet (adjective)

    of a brilliant red colour

    "a mass of scarlet berries"

  • Scarlet (noun)

    a brilliant red colour

    "papers lettered in scarlet and black"

  • Scarlet (noun)

    scarlet clothes or material

    "silk awnings of brilliant scarlet"

  • Crimson (adjective)

    of a rich deep red colour inclining to purple

    "she blushed crimson with embarrassment"

  • Crimson (noun)

    a rich deep red colour inclining to purple

    "a pair of corduroy trousers in livid crimson, they were horrid to behold"

  • Crimson (verb)

    (of a person's face) become flushed, especially through embarrassment

    "my face crimsoned and my hands began to shake"

Webster Dictionary

  • Scarlet (noun)

    A deep bright red tinged with orange or yellow, - of many tints and shades; a vivid or bright red color.

  • Scarlet (noun)

    Cloth of a scarlet color.

  • Scarlet (adjective)

    Of the color called scarlet; as, a scarlet cloth or thread.

  • Scarlet

    To dye or tinge with scarlet.

  • Crimson (noun)

    A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general.

  • Crimson (adjective)

    Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red.

  • Crimson

    To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.

  • Crimson

    To become crimson; to blush.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Scarlet (noun)

    a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge

  • Scarlet (adjective)

    having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

  • Crimson (noun)

    a deep and vivid red

  • Crimson (verb)

    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame;

    "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"

  • Crimson (adjective)

    having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

  • Crimson (adjective)

    characterized by violence or bloodshed;

    "writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"

    "fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"

    "convulsed with red rage"

  • Crimson (adjective)

    (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"

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