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A '''nuance''', or '''shade of meaning''', is a subtle difference in meaning between one [[word]] and another. Because of its wide-spread origins, [[English]] is especially rich in [[synonym]]s and resulting nuances.
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A '''nuance''' (/njuɒns/) or '''shade of meaning''', is a subtle difference in meaning between one [[word]] and another. Because of its wide-spread origins, [[English]] is especially rich in [[synonym]]s and resulting nuances.
  
 
==Origin==
 
==Origin==
According to [[William Safire]],<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07wwln-safire-t.html "On Language: Nuance" ''The New York Times'']</ref>  Horace Walpole was the first to use the word in print in 1781: “The more expert one were at nuances, the more poetic one should be.”
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According to [[William Safire]],<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07wwln-safire-t.html "On Language: Nuance" ''The New York Times'']</ref>  Horace Walpole was the first to use the word in Enlgihs in print in 1781: “The more expert one were at nuances, the more poetic one should be.”   Etymologically it's of [[French]] origin.
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== References ==
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
*[[History of the English languages]]
 
*[[History of the English languages]]
  
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Revision as of 15:00, 17 March 2020

A nuance (/njuɒns/) or shade of meaning, is a subtle difference in meaning between one word and another. Because of its wide-spread origins, English is especially rich in synonyms and resulting nuances.

Origin

According to William Safire,[1] Horace Walpole was the first to use the word in Enlgihs in print in 1781: “The more expert one were at nuances, the more poetic one should be.” Etymologically it's of French origin.

References

See also