Definition of Overrefinement

1. Noun. The act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean.

Exact synonyms: Distortion, Straining, Torture, Twisting
Generic synonyms: Falsification, Misrepresentation
Derivative terms: Distort, Overrefine, Twist



Definition of Overrefinement

1. n. Excessive refinement.

Definition of Overrefinement

1. Noun. Excessive refinement. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overrefinement

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overrefinement

overreactions
overreacts
overread
overreadiness
overreading
overreads
overready
overreckon
overreckoned
overreckoning
overreckons
overred
overreds
overrefine
overrefined
overrefinement (current term)
overrefinements
overrefines
overrefining
overregarded
overregulate
overregulated
overregulates
overregulating
overregulation
overregulations
overrehearsed
overrelax
overrelaxation
overrelaxations

Literary usage of Overrefinement

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1. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"Such questions turning up constantly in life are often decided in a rough and ready way ; and to many it will appear an overrefinement in Deronda that he ..."

2. Adolescence: Its Psychology and Its Relations to Physiology, Anthropology by Granville Stanley Hall (1904)
"... though happily often betraying in some respects the earmarks of the native roughness which goes along with strength, in the midst of the overrefinement, ..."

3. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1859)
"im nt from overrefinement, are at present an urgent necessity. May God grant that the heart of those of the present day may be interested in the object, ..."

4. Studies in Modern German Literature: Sundermann; Hauptmann; Women Writers of by Otto Heller (1905)
"The much-abused word decadent is to be taken not at all in a sinister meaning, but to denote a state of overrefinement manifesting itself in a subtle yet ..."

5. A History of German Literature as Determined by Social Forces by Kuno Francke (1901)
"The overrefinement of German society of the time is strikingly illustrated by two novels of Goethe's friend Fritz Jacobi, ..."

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