What Does The Word Nuanced Mean?
Nuanced means to have or be characterized by subtle and often complex qualities.
Let's Look Deeper Into The Word
If someone or something is nuanced the person or object has multiple different characteristics that can't easily be categorized and aren't stereotypical.
To further explain nuanced let's look at characters in a movie:
In most movies, the bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. They all fit into their categories and it is good versus evil.
But some characters are not so easily categorized.
Let's say a movie character is selfish but brave; has a bad temper but is also caring, we say this character is nuanced because he does not fit into a specific category.
Examples & Practice
Another example can be flavor:
When biting into a steak, you might expect it to taste one way, but if there are many different flavors acting together in an unexpected way, you can say the steak's flavors are nuanced, because of the complexity of the flavor.
*Question 1: Can you think of what the opposite of nuanced is?
*Question 2: Can you think of a synonym for nuanced?
*Answers in the Final Thoughts section
Nuanced is considered to be one of the more complex words to use effectively within a sentence and everyday conversation. However with practice, one can learn how and when to use the word effectively.
*Answer 1: Indifferent, mediocre, middling, run-of-the-mill
*Answer 2: Subtlety, refinement, distinction, hint