nuance

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See also: Nuance and nuancé

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French nuance(nuance, shade, hue).

Noun[edit]

nuance ‎(plural nuances)

  1. A minor distinction.
  2. Subtlety or fine detail.
    Understanding the basics is easy; appreciating the nuances takes years.
    • 1901: Alpheus Spring Packard, Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
      ...the richer our collections become, the more numerous are the proofs that all is more or less shaded (nuance), that the remarkable differences become obliterated...
    • 2016 March 13, John Oliver, “Encryption”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 5, HBO:
      It’s a miracle Lindsey Graham has met the concept of nuance. And this is the man who once warned “the world is literally about to blow up.” So you’re not dealing with someone who likes to dabble with grey areas.

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Verb[edit]

nuance ‎(third-person singular simple present nuances, present participle nuancing, simple past and past participle nuanced)

  1. (transitive) To apply a nuance to; to change or redefine in a subtle way.

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /nyˈʋɑ̃sə/, /nyˈʋɑnsə/
  • Hyphenation: nu‧an‧ce

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French nuance.

Noun[edit]

nuance c ‎(plural nuances or nuancen, diminutive nuanceje n or nuancetje n)

  1. nuance, subtle distinction

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nuer +‎ -ance

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nuance f ‎(plural nuances)

  1. nuance
  2. gradation of colors

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

nuance f (plural nuances)

  1. Alternative form of nuança