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tr.v. o·ver·re·fined, o·ver·re·fin·ing, o·ver·re·fines
To refine beyond a desired or appropriate point.

o′ver·re·fined′ adj.
o′ver·re·fine′ment n.
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Adj.1.overrefined - excessively delicate or refined
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
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Given its seemingly obvious title, it took me an unconscionably long time to associate Helen Marten's Peanuts, 2012, with Charlie Brown and pals, never mind to hit online on Linus's disquisition regarding the uniformly compelling nature of all things and the translatability of overrefined carbs into vim and vigor.
Jaritz' famous Schriftarchaologie (1967), albeit with an overrefined charm.
Gulliver would give some Yahoo energy to the overrefined Houyhnhnms of Europe--and maybe get some patience and subtlety in return.
In using style to mark literary property--as opposed to something like Baillie's "design"--the courts supported precisely that sort of overrefined literary production Baillie sought to revise.
It is rhetorical and overrefined, but, granted its affiliations with these central discourses in the period, in another sense perfectly natural.