a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.
a very slight difference or variation in color or tone.
to give nuance to; to color: She carefully nuanced her words, to put a positive spin on the situation.
- nu·anced, adjective
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How to use nuance in a sentence
It can be tempting to defer the nuances of this challenge for another day in favor of hacking a people strategy that meets the most basic needs of hiring quickly.
Voice, on the other hand, allows users to utilize all the nuances and complexities of inflection and tone, letting them convey additional meaning and subtext that eliminates ambiguity and enables deeper connections with the audience.Top five tips to use Twitter’s new Voice Tweets feature | David Ciccarelli | August 25, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Given the high volume of brand advertising consumers are subjected to each day in ad supported experiences, contextual nuance works.Multicultural audiences are making nuanced media choices | Vevo | August 25, 2020 | Digiday
Their output, which is highlighted in an eye-opening new pop-up collection at the MoMA Design Store, serves as a corrective to the long-misunderstood nuances of female anatomy and psyche.The MoMA Design store spotlights women’s products not designed by men | Anne Quito | August 18, 2020 | Quartz
This is the narrative many people still hold about polls and the 2016 election, and while there is some truth to it, it’s missing a lot of nuance.
He has none of the subtlety and nuance of black conservative academics such as Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.
What these trips show is that there is a bit of nuance to life in North Korea.
You can agree or disagree with our perspective, but at least acknowledge that vital nuance.Eight Things Every White Person Should Know About White Privilege | Sally Kohn | May 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do not envy him this ministry of reconciliation, which is fraught with complexity and nuance.What the Archbishop of Canterbury Should Have Said About Gay Rights | Gene Robinson | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mistakes happen, nuance is often lost, and everything is seen through a prism of who is winning and who is losing.
I grinned, watching every play of emotion on his face, and carefully weighing every nuance in his tone of voice.
One feels that in the three centuries since Monna Lisa love has taken on a new and subtler nuance.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
He lived in London until his death, without once leaving England; and that gives to his pictures a distinct nuance.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
Each company established for the performance of this comedy gave a fresh nuance to the combinations which the show permitted.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
Each carried its own nuance, its quite separate implication, and somehow the later term took higher ground.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front | E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for nuance
a subtle difference in colour, meaning, tone, etc; a shade or graduation
to give subtle differences to: carefully nuanced words
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Cultural definitions for nuance
A fine shade of meaning: “I liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.”
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