noun, plural nu·anc·es [noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-, noo-ahn-siz, nyoo-; French ny-ahns] /ˈnu ɑn sɪz, ˈnyu-, nuˈɑn sɪz, nyu-; French nüˈɑ̃s/.
Origin of nuance
Examples from the Web for nuance
What these trips show is that there is a bit of nuance to life in North Korea.
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|DAILY BEAST
Mistakes happen, nuance is often lost, and everything is seen through a prism of who is winning and who is losing.
Perhaps they're loath to identify themselves with a worldview that leaves so little room for nuance.
I regret this nuance appears lost on many who are responding to my critique.
The sand is fine as face powder, nuance Rachel, packed hard.Mr. Incoul's Misadventure|Edgar Saltus
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
He was the master of the nuance, and the nuance was his lyricism, his special gift, his genius.Adventures in the Arts|Marsden Hartley
Nuance—delicate shading; subtle variations in tempo and dynamics which make the rendition of music more expressive.Music Notation and Terminology|Karl W. Gehrkens
No reviser needs to put any indications for nuance and shading in Beethoven.Violin Mastery|Frederick H. Martens
verb (tr; passive)
Word Origin for nuance
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."
1886, from nuance (n.). Related: Nuanced.
A fine shade of meaning: “I liked the film, but I know I missed some of its nuances.”