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nuance Line breaks: nu¦ance
Pronunciation: /ˈnjuːɑːns/

Definition of nuance in English:

noun

A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound: he was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect
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  • It's not a point of view I've ever heard before, and I may not entirely have got the subtler nuances of it.
  • In short, he's learning subtle nuances.
  • To them, I say, you obviously don't appreciate the subtle comedic nuances of Question Time.
Synonyms
fine distinction, subtle distinction/difference, shade, shading, gradation, variation, modulation, degree;
subtlety, nicety, refinement, overtone

verb

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Give nuances to: the effect of the music is nuanced by the social situation of listeners
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  • They are, at the same time, autobiographies that emphasize how memories and consciousness of the working of ethnicity in the United States inform and nuance their writing.
  • The extract demonstrates the importance of nuancing many approaches to the study of society - human or primate - and she achieves this by reflecting simultaneously on identity and difference in her discussions.
  • How can the filmmaker nuance his work in a language that he does not know?

Origin

Late 18th century: from French, 'shade, subtlety', from nuer 'to shade', based on Latin nubes 'cloud'.

Words that rhyme with nuance

tap-dance • square dance

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