Words I Love 54 – Nuance

New word….




noun: nuance; plural noun: nuances
  1. 1.
    a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
    “he was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect”
    synonyms: fine distinction, subtle distinction/difference, shade, shading, gradation, variation, modulation, degree; More

    “the expression of subtle nuances of thought”


verb: nuance; 3rd person present: nuances; past tense: nuanced; past participle: nuanced; gerund or present participle: nuancing
  1. 1.
    give nuances to.
    “the effect of the music is nuanced by the social situation of listeners”


late 18th century: from French, ‘shade, subtlety’, from nuer ‘to shade’, based on Latin nubes ‘cloud’.

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