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nuance nuanced nuances
a subtle difference or distinction
  • How to Memorize
    • nuance - subtle
  • Analysis

    The word ‘nuance’ is used to express something that, in relation to appearance, meaning, sound, etc., is hard to notice or fully understand, but is very important. It does not relate in any way to the obvious, which can often be brash and simplistic. Instead, nuance requires skill, discernment, and comprehension. Often seen in written English, particularly news articles.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymsrefined, measured, distinct,
    Antonymsblatantobvious, unperceptive,
  • Example(s)
    1. To dismiss that organization’s actions as being driven only by greed is to ignore nuance that gives a better understanding of their motivations.

    2. The actor gave a wonderfully understated and nuanced performance that wowed critics.

    3. I asked my solicitor to review the deal because I simply don’t have the expertise to appreciate the nuances of contract law.