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nu·ance  audio  (näns, ny-, n-äns, ny-) KEY 

NOUN:
  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.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Old French, from nuer, to shade, cloud, from nue, cloud, from Vulgar Latin *nba, from Latin nbs

OTHER FORMS:
nuanced(Adjective)

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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