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Color Your World: RED

Updated: Nov 14

Our Color Your World series is to provide a list of synonyms for different colors. All too often, writers resort to using the same word for a color in their writing, leading to a rather monotonous redundancy. Sadly this can lend itself to making the story uninteresting at worst, ho-hum at best.

This series is designed to give you more options which will help you keep your color references fresh and inviting.

This post deals with the color Red.


According to www.colormatters.com , "Red is the color of extremes. It's the color of love, seduction, violence, danger, anger and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood - energy and primal life forces - and most of red's symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past."


"Red is also a magical and religious color. It symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks and is the color of the Christian crucifixion. Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days - a fact that may explain its magic and power. Paradoxically, todays intense red dyes come from crushed insects (the lac beetle and the cochineal.)"


Also from www.colormatters.com- The Global Meanings of Red


Red's Global similarities are significant"

Red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people.

Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world. Approximately 77% of all flags include red.

Red is the international color for stop.

Red districts sell sex and pornography in every European culture.

The history of languages reveals that red is the first color after black and white. (All languages have words for black and white. If a third hue exists, it is red.)


Unique Meanings of Red in Different Cultures

Red is the color of good luck in Asia and is the most popular color in China.

Most Japanese children draw the sun as a big, red circle.

In East Asian Stock Markets, Red is used to denote a rise in stock prices. (Note: In North American stock markets, red is used to denote a drop in stock prices.)

Red is an auspicious color for marriage. Brides in India and Nepal wear red Sari's; in Japan, a red Kimono symbolizes happiness and good luck.


Please note: this is not a completely comprehensive list. It is intended to give you a decent selection of color names and choices. The color names are provided alphabetically.


A

Alizarin Crimson

Amaranth

Auburn (Hair)


B

Burgundy


C

Cadmium Pigment

Candy Apple Red

Cardinal

Carmine

Carnelian

Cerise

Chestnut

Coquilicot

Coral

Crimson


F

Falu Red

Fire Engine Red

Fuchsia

Fulvous


G

Gules


I

Indian Red


L

Lava


M

Magenta

Mahogany

Maroon

Mordant Red


O

Oxblood


P

Perinone

Persian Red

Pink

Puce


R

Raspberry

Red Wine

Rose

Rosso Corsa

Ruby

Ruddy

Rufous

Russet

Rust


S

Scarlet

Sinopia


T

Terra Cotta

Turkey Red

Tuscan Red

Tyrian Purple


U

Upsdell Red


V

Venetian Red

Vermilion


W

Wine


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