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figurative(ly) noun
Shade has taken on a new meaning - without novel word formation - of ‘criticism’ or ‘subtle insult.’
 
It is most often used in phrases such as “throw shade,” in which a speaker is being subtly disparaging or insulting. In that way, “throwing shade” is a way to undermine someone’s legitimacy or criticize their personality, their words, or their actions.
Etymology : Shade most likely underwent metaphoric extension to reach this meaning; “shade” typically evokes the idea of darkness and less positive emotions. It can also be analyzed as similar to “shady” as in a deal that is either illegal or just highly suspect.
Source : “Carrie has been throwing so much shade today;” paraphrased from spoken language. October 2016.
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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