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nuance (s) (noun), nuances (pl)
1. A very slight difference in meaning, feeling, tone, or color: The nuances in Rebecca's tone of voice while talking about her late husband conveyed a feeling of gloom and melancholy.
2. The use or awareness of subtle shades of meaning or feeling; especially, with references to artistic expressions or performances: The pianist performed the pieces with complete mastery of all of the nuances of the tones in the music.
3. A subtle deviation in meanings, opinions, or attitudes; hence, a slight degree of perceivable variations in anything apparent to the mind: The contrasts in the appearances of the twin boys was only detectable if given close attention; since there were only very slight nuances in details that revealed their individualities.
4. Etymology: from French nuance, "slight difference, shade of color" (so called with reference to the dissimilar colors of the clouds); from nuer, "to shade"; from nue, "cloud", from Gallo-Romance nuba; from Latin nubes, "cloud"; related to obnubere, "to veil".
Slight shading of color, tone, or meaning.
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nuance (NOO ans", NYOO ans") (noun)
A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation: The story that Eric told had very little depth and nuance.

A nuance is a shade of awareness or intent, a subtle variation, as when a poem expresses different nuances of sentiments.

nuisance (NOO suhns, NYOO suhns) (noun)
Someone or something that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother: Having to stand so long in line to get on an airplane is a real nuisance.

That noisy disruptive child was always a big nuisance when his mother took him shopping with her.

It is such a nuisance having to explain the nuance of a story to the listener who does not understand Celtic mythology.

Word Entries at Get Words: “nuance
An insignificant or very slight difference in meanings, feelings, tones, or colors. (1)