subtle difference

See: nuance
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Similarly, though with a subtle difference, a species of fervour or intoxication, known, without doubt, to have led some persons to brave the guillotine unnecessarily, and to die by it, was not mere boastfulness, but a wild infection of the wildly shaken public mind.
His skin was but faintly tinged with the copper colour that marks the red men of Mars from the other races of the dying planet--he was like them, and yet there was a subtle difference greater even than that which lay in his lighter skin and his grey eyes.
But there seemed a subtle difference here between the manner in which this girl contemplated the dispatching of an enemy and the tender-hearted regret of my own princess for the stern necessity which demanded it.
One was of a beautiful woman and the other might have been a likeness of the man who sat beside her, except for a subtle difference of expression that was scarcely definable.
Like Bradley he was garbed after the fashion of the surrounding warriors; but there was a subtle difference between him and his companion.
The illogicality of their attitude, the arbitrariness of their conclusions, the frequency of the exceptional, should present no difficulty to a student of many grammars; but there must be something else in the way, some special human trait--one of those subtle differences that are beyond the ken of mere professors.
Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton have been compared to each other for the past couple of months, but there's one subtle difference between the two when taking pictures.
Chelsea's | Jose Mourinho The difference between saying a referee is 'afraid' to give a penalty and saying a referee was 'weak' or 'naive' when analysed amounts to pretty much the same thing, but there is a subtle difference in the language and Wenger has used that subtle difference to his advantage.
However, there was a subtle difference - Pearce didn't sacrifice the personal medals that Shearer did during his 12 years and more than 500 appearances for Forest.
There is a subtle difference here in that the council can force through cuts to staff pay and conditions etc but councillors must volunteer to claim less.
It's a subtle difference sometimes, but it's noticeable.