nuance

[noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo-; French ny-ahns]
noun, plural nuances [noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-, noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-; French ny-ahns] .
1.
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
2.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.

Origin:
1775–85; < French: shade, hue, equivalent to nu(er) to shade (literally, to cloud < Vulgar Latin *nūbāre, derivative of *nūba, for Latin nūbēs cloud) + -ance -ance

nuanced, adjective
unnuanced, adjective


1. subtlety, nicety, hint, refinement.
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nuance (njuːˈɑːns, ˈnjuːɑːns)
 
n
1.  a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation
 
vb
2.  to give subtle differences to: carefully nuanced words
 
[C18: from French, from nuer to show light and shade, ultimately from Latin nūbēs a cloud]

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Word Origin & History

nuance
1781, from Fr. nuance "slight difference, shade of color," from nuer "to shade," from nue "cloud," from Gallo-Romance *nuba, from L. nubes "cloud;" related to obnubere "to veil," from PIE *sneudh- "fog" (cf. Avestan snaoda "clouds," Welsh nudd "fog," Gk. nython, in Hesychius "dark, dusky").
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Cultural Dictionary
nuance [(nooh-ahns)]

A fine shade of meaning: “I liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.”

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Example sentences
Even when you turn it down low you won't miss one nuance.
Now, he stops frequently to take in every nuance, even in practice rounds.
One day a misunderstood writer encounters someone who appreciates every nuance
  of what he writes.
It did, however, require all the pauses and nuance that I could muster.
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