Adjective "nuance" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
  1. 'Where can they find people who understand the culture, down to its finest nuances?'
  2. 'Students also appreciated the added nuances and inflections of meaning that are possible in speech.'
  3. 'It's not a point of view I've ever heard before, and I may not entirely have got the subtler nuances of it.'
  4. 'Well, I don't think the objection captures the nuance of the Catholic position.'
  5. 'Understanding such cultural nuances is important and can avoid unfortunate mishaps.'
  6. 'The new animation done specifically for this release captures every nuance of the series.'
  7. 'But for Judaism, the Hebrew Bible cannot be properly understood without grasping the nuances of its original language.'
  8. 'On the other hand, lust so drives men that they have difficulty understanding the emotional nuances of love.'
  9. 'There is no nuance to her character, no secret artistic passion or deep personal pain.'
  10. 'In short, he's learning subtle nuances.'


Give nuances to.
  1. 'Tornay's approach, however, is nuanced by the self-reflection that has characterized social anthropology during the past generation.'
  2. 'Of course, a ‘blanket ban’ on drinking on public transport will be nuanced much like the smoking ban was.'
  3. 'Anyone working on the "Colonial Connection" in Britain, would find materials here which nuance the understanding of missionary lives.'
  4. 'The new scholarship nevertheless significantly nuances the received account of women's experiences after independence.'
  5. 'Sharp is to be congratulated for nuancing a very important and complex prophetic book.'
  6. 'Each word is nuanced most perfectly, and it is all done with the greatest integrity and simplicity.'
  7. 'If I may nuance the article's thesis: to posit nihilism in the ancient world is not free of a certain anachronism.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'So, yes, they talk around the edges - nuancing this, quibbling with that - as they search for an edge in an election year.'

More definitions

noun, plural nuances[noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-, noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-; French ny-ahns]/ˈnu ɑn sɪz, ˈnyu-, nuˈɑn sɪz, nyu-; French nüˈɑ̃s/(Show IPA)

1. a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.

2. a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.


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