Definition of Refinement

1. Noun. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality. "Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"

Exact synonyms: Cultivation, Culture, Finish, Polish
Generic synonyms: Flawlessness, Ne Plus Ultra, Perfection
Derivative terms: Cultivate, Polish, Polish, Refine



2. Noun. The result of improving something. "He described a refinement of this technique"
Exact synonyms: Elaboration
Generic synonyms: Advance, Betterment, Improvement
Derivative terms: Elaborate, Refine

3. Noun. The process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.).
Exact synonyms: Purification, Refining
Generic synonyms: Processing
Specialized synonyms: Rectification
Derivative terms: Purify, Refine, Refine, Refine

4. Noun. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude. "Don't argue about shades of meaning"
Exact synonyms: Nicety, Nuance, Shade, Subtlety
Generic synonyms: Import, Meaning, Significance, Signification
Derivative terms: Refine

5. Noun. The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste. "He is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
Exact synonyms: Civilisation, Civilization
Generic synonyms: Excellence
Derivative terms: Civilise, Civilize

Definition of Refinement

1. n. The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas.

Definition of Refinement

1. Noun. The act, or the result of refining; the removal of impurities, or a purified material ¹

2. Noun. High-class style; cultivation. ¹

3. Noun. A fine or subtle distinction. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Refinement

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Refinement

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Literary usage of Refinement

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1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1863)
"refinement. IT is a received opinion that ours is a refined age. ... Now refinement, if it means purity of mind reflected in the manners, is indeed the most ..."

2. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)
"You caused your unoffending, unresisting slave to be bound hand and foot, and, by a refinement in cruelty, compelled his companion, perhaps the friend of ..."

3. English Grammar, Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners: With an by Lindley Murray (1805)
"... of refinement. ... elegance, and refinement, which it has now attained. "When the ancient Britons were fo ..."

4. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1805)
"A sketch of the steps by whic/i the English Language has risen to its present state of refinement. BEFORE we conclude the subject of derivation, ..."

5. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1805)
"sketch of the steps by ivhich the English Language has risen to its present state of refinement. "When the ancient Britons were so harassed and oppressed by ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"In front of that they have got the peculiar thin air space of the modern commercial telephone, and the centre opening B. Every refinement that is in the ..."

7. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners : with an by Lindley Murray (1809)
"A sketch of the steps, by which the English Language IMS risen to its present state of refinement. BEFORE we conclude the subject of derivation, ..."

8. English Grammar: Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners. With an by Lindley Murray (1810)
"A sketch of the strps by which the English Language has risen to its pn-sent state of refinement. BEFORE we conclude the subject of derivation, ..."

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