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nuance

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Etymology

From the French nuance meaning "shade" or "hue".

Noun

Singular
nuance

Plural
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nuance ({{{1}}})
  1. A minor distinction.
  2. Subtlety or fine detail.
    Understanding the basics is easy; appreciating the nuances takes years.
    • 1901: Alpheus Spring Packard, Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
      ...the richer our collections become, the more numerous are the proofs that all is more or less shaded (nuance), that the remarkable differences become obliterated...

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French

Etymology

From verb nuer and suffix -ance

Pronunciation

Noun

nuance f. (plural nuances)

  1. nuance

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