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nuance

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noun nu·ance \ˈnü-ˌän(t)s, ˈnyü-, -ˌäⁿs; nü-ˈ, nyü-ˈ\

Simple Definition of nuance

  • : a very small difference in color, tone, meaning, etc.

Full Definition of nuance

  1. 1 :  a subtle distinction or variation

  2. 2 :  a subtle quality :  nicety

  3. 3 :  sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value)

nu·anced play \-ˌän(t)st, -ˈän(t)st\ adjective

Examples of nuance

  1. Between the lines of lexicographical nuance and quotation, Johnson was paying old debts and seeking out wisdom about himself and his adopted city, as well as compiling perhaps the greatest commonplace book in the history of mankind. —Andrew O'Hagan, New York Review, 27 Apr. 2006

  2. In every silky statement from General Musharraf about the need for a short—in other words: limited—war, and in every nuance of the Pakistani official posture, I was sure I detected the local version of Schadenfreude. —Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, January 2002

  3. To La Farge, eccentricity meant convention; a mind really eccentric never betrayed it. True eccentricity was a tone—a shade—a nuance—and the finer the tone, the truer the eccentricity. —Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907

  4. He listened to the subtle nuances in the song.

  5. a poem of little depth and nuance



Origin of nuance

French, from Middle French, shade of color, from nuer to make shades of color, from nue cloud, from Latin nubes; perhaps akin to Welsh nudd mist


First Known Use: 1781

Rhymes with nuance



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