nuance

[ noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo-; French ny-ahns ]SEE DEFINITION OF nuance
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There was a nuance of profound bewilderment in her exclamation.

They do not understand me; the big noisy boors do not understand rhythm or nuance.

He was the master of the nuance, and the nuance was his lyricism, his special gift, his genius.

Of course I don't expect you, just at first, to feel the difference, to see the nuance.

The sand is fine as face powder, nuance Rachel, packed hard.

Never colour, only nuance—and the slash and sweep of a drastic imagination.

He is a nuance, and is the first German to understand women!

Introspective her glance, sympathetic and not without a nuance of melancholy.

Maurice Barrs is a metaphysical Chopin in his feeling for nuance.

They were artistic, but not artistic enough to appreciate the nuance of the story-telling art.

WORD ORIGIN

1781, from French nuance "slight difference, shade of color" (17c.), from nuer "to shade," from nue "cloud," from Gallo-Romance *nuba, from Latin nubes "a cloud, mist, vapor," from PIE *sneudh- "fog" (cf. Avestan snaoda "clouds," Latin obnubere "to veil," Welsh nudd "fog," Greek nython, in Hesychius "dark, dusky"). According to Klein, a reference to "the different colors of the clouds."

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