Vocabulary Word Meanings: From Nuance, Negligent to Novelty Noun

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Nuance

noun- slight degree; shade of difference

The nuances of opera aren’t obvious to most of us.

Negligent

adj- careless in a situation that could result in harm; negleful

Also used as: Negligence (noun)

The drive was charged with negligence for leaving the scene of an accident.

Nurture

verb- provides care and support; nourish; train or educate

Also used as: Nurturer, nurturance (noun)

A beautiful garden needs to be nurtured with water, fertilizer, and sunshine

Neophyte

noun- beginner

Any words that begin with neo. They always refer to something that is new.

Val was a neophyte but learned quickly.

Nostalgic

adj- longing for the past; homesick; wishing for a return to the way things used to be

Also used as: Nostalgia (noun)

Seeing the old pictures of her parents made Katie nostalgic.

Nocturnal

adj- active at night

Also used as: Nocturnally (adv),

Opposite: Diurnal (adj)

Bats are nocturnal, so we rarely see them in daylight.

Novelty Noun

something new or unusual

The microwave is no longer novel.

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