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Definition of "nuance" []

  • A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation. (noun)
  • Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone: a rich artistic performance, full of nuance. (noun)
  • A subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give subtle differences to (verb)

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Use "nuance" in a sentence
  • "Bush has shown himself to be aware of the meaning of the word nuance and applies it to diplomatic jargon."
  • "George W. Bush mocked Kerry for finding a "new nuance" each day on Iraq -- drawing out the word "nuance" to emphasize Kerry's French cultural elitism."
  • "Of course, that kind of nuance is lost on the holy-rolling knuckledraggers of the radical right."