I can do this:

 '(j-verb-face ((t (:foreground "Red")))))

But what I want is to set the color to one that is theme-dependent.

I tried the following, which causes a "wrong argument type" error:

 '(j-verb-face ((t (font-lock-function-name-face)))))

How can I set the color of j-verb-face to be font-lock-function-name-face?

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    Try ((t (:inherit font-lock-function-name-face))). Jan 12 at 14:33

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Found a simpler solution!

(setq j-verb-face font-lock-function-name-face)
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    Not all faces have corresponding variables with the same name. Your solution assumes that the code used to apply the face references the variable (rather than the face name) [written slightly differently, such as as a single quote preceding the face name], and that both j-verb-face and font-lock-function-name-face have been assigned variables with the same name as the face (which happens to be the case here, but certainly not always).
    – lawlist
    Aug 14, 2021 at 20:42
  • Yeah, I read recently that faces are not variables, which is weird to me. This solution seemed to work when I tried it, but I have no idea what edge cases may exist. Aug 16, 2021 at 12:49
  • It depends on the face and how the font-lock rule are written. font-lock evalute the face field of font-lock rules. If they contain the quoted name of the, as in (0 'my-face), then this method won't work. However, if it contains the unquoted name, as in (0 my-face) then font-lock reads the variable named my-face which typically contains the name of the face, equally typically a face with the same name as the variable. Using the variable way is deprecated -- if it works in this case I'm glad, but it wont work for all cases. Jan 12 at 14:31

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