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Meaning & Definition of Refinement in English

English

Refinement

/rəfaɪnmənt/

noun

1. A highly developed state of perfection

  • Having a flawless or impeccable quality
  • "They performed with great polish"
  • "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"
  • "Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--joseph conrad
    synonym:
  • polish
  • ,
  • refinement
  • ,
  • culture
  • ,
  • cultivation
  • ,
  • finish

2. The result of improving something

  • "He described a refinement of this technique"
    synonym:
  • refinement
  • ,
  • elaboration

3. The process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)

    synonym:
  • refining
  • ,
  • refinement
  • ,
  • purification

4. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

  • "Without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"
  • "Don't argue about shades of meaning"
    synonym:
  • nuance
  • ,
  • nicety
  • ,
  • shade
  • ,
  • subtlety
  • ,
  • refinement

5. The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

  • "A man of intellectual refinement"
  • "He is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
    synonym:
  • refinement
  • ,
  • civilization
  • ,
  • civilisation