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nu·ance

 (no͞o′äns′, nyo͞o′-, no͞o-äns′, nyo͞o-)
n.
1. A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
2. Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone: a rich artistic performance, full of nuance.
tr.v. nu·anced, nu·anc·ing, nu·anc·es
To treat or consider with nuance; give nuances to: new information that nuanced their understanding of the situation.

[French, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nūba, from Latin nūbēs.]

nu′anced adj.
Synonyms: nuance, gradation, shade
These nouns denote a slight variation or differentiation between nearly identical entities: sensitive to delicate nuances of style; gradations of feeling from infatuation to deep affection; subtle shades of meaning.
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nuance

(njuːˈɑːns; ˈnjuːɑːns)
n
a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation
vb (tr; passive)
to give subtle differences to: carefully nuanced words.
[C18: from French, from nuer to show light and shade, ultimately from Latin nūbēs a cloud]
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nu•ance

(ˈnu ɑns, ˈnyu-, nuˈɑns, nyu-)

n.
1. a subtle difference or distinction, as in meaning.
2. a slight variation in color or tone.
[1775–85; < French: shade, hue]
nu′anced, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nuance - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
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nuance

noun subtlety, degree, distinction, graduation, refinement, nicety, gradation Our eyes can communicate virtually every subtle nuance of emotion.
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nuance

noun
A slight variation between nearly identical entities:
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Translations

nuance

[ˈnjuːɑ̃ːns] Nmatiz m
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nuance

[ˈnjuːɑːns ˈnuːɑːns] nnuance f
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nuance

nNuance f; (of colour also)Schattierung f; nuances of colour (Brit) or color (US) → Farbnuancen pl
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nuance

[ˈnjuːaːns] nsfumatura
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References in classic literature ?
I dallied with little home clubs wherein we discussed poetry and art and the nuances of grammar.
But Lord Dawlish was too shattered by surprise to be capable of observing nuances .
While this doesn't present a problem for dictation software that can be coached before being used, it does lead to difficulties when accessing multiple voice portals that may not be able to distinguish the nuances of speech among thousands of individuals.