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nuance

noun

Definition: 1. a subtle difference, distinction or variation in something; 2. a subtle quality

Synonyms: subtlety, suggestion, hint, trace, refinement

Antonyms:

Tips: Nuance came from the French word nuer, "to shade." When something is shaded it takes on a slightly different appearance. A nuance is a very slight difference in something such as meaning or appearance. Two things may seem very much alike, but their nuances are what make them different.

Usage Examples:

There was a nuance of anger in his voice that was almost undetectable in his otherwise calm demeanor. (hint, trace, shade)

My best friend is allergic to almonds, and even a nuance of almond flavor will cause her to have a reaction. (suggestion, trace)

If you don't understand the nuances of the author's language, you may not fully appreciate his book. (subtleties, refinements)

The actress is so highly acclaimed because she is able to convey the slightest nuance of emotion with only her eyes. (hint, trace, suggestion)


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