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re·fine·ment

 (rĭ-fīn′mənt)
n.
1. The act of refining.
2. The result of refining; an improvement or elaboration.
3. The state or quality of being refined; cultivation, as in manners or taste.
4. A keen or precise phrasing; a subtle distinction.

refinement

(rɪˈfaɪnmənt)
n
1. the act of refining or the state of being refined
2. a fine or delicate point, distinction, or expression; a subtlety
3. fineness or precision of thought, expression, manners, etc; polish or cultivation
4. a device, change, adaptation, etc, designed to improve performance or increase efficiency

re•fine•ment

(rɪˈfaɪn mənt)

n.
1. fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, language, etc.
2. an instance of this.
3. the act or process of refining.
4. the quality or state of being refined.
5. a subtle point or distinction.
6. an improved form of something.
7. a detail or device added to improve something.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.refinement - 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
flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection - the state of being without a flaw or defect
2.refinement - the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique"
betterment, improvement, advance - a change for the better; progress in development
3.refinement - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)refinement - the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
processing - preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure; "the processing of newly arrived immigrants"; "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"
rectification - (chemistry) the process of refinement or purification of a substance by distillation
4.refinement - 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"
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
5.refinement - the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
excellence - the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree

refinement

refinement

noun
1. The act or process of removing physical impurities:
2. High style in quality, manner, or dress:
Informal: class.
3. Enlightenment and excellent taste resulting from intellectual development:
4. The ability to distinguish, especially to recognize small differences or draw fine distinctions:
Translations
تَحَسُّن، صَقْلرقَّه، دَماثَه، تَهْذيب
kultivovanostzdokonalenízlepšení
eleganceforbedring
finomításkifinomultság
betrumbótfágun
kultivovanosť
geliştirmekibarlık

refinement

[rɪˈfaɪnmənt] N
1. [of person, language] → refinamiento m; [of manners] → educación f, finura f; [of style] → elegancia f, urbanidad f
a person of some refinementuna persona fina
2. (= improvement) → mejora f; (in machine) → perfeccionamiento m
3. (= subtle detail) [of language] → sutileza f
that is a refinement of crueltyeso es ser más cruel todavía
with every possible refinement of crueltycon las formas más refinadas de la crueldad

refinement

[rɪˈfaɪnmənt] n
[person, manner] → raffinement m
(= improvement) [theory, model, plan] → amélioration f
[oil, sugar] → raffinage m

refinement

n
no pl (of metal, oil, sugar)Raffination f, → Raffinierung f, → Reinigung f
no pl (of person, language, style)Vornehmheit f, → Feinheit f; a person of evident refinementein offensichtlich kultivierter Mensch
(= improvement: in technique, machine etc) → Verfeinerung f, → Verbesserung f (→ in sth +gen)

refinement

[rɪˈfaɪnmənt] n (of person, language) → raffinatezza, finezza; (in machine, system) → miglioramento

refine

(rəˈfain) verb
1. to make (a substance eg sugar) pure by taking out dirt, waste substances etc. Oil is refined before it is used.
2. to improve. We have refined our techniques considerably since the work began.
reˈfined adjective
(negative unrefined).
1. very polite; well-mannered; elegant.
2. having been refined. refined sugar.
reˈfinement noun
1. good manners, good taste, polite speech etc.
2. (an) improvement. to make refinements.
reˈfineryplural reˈfineries noun
a place where sugar or oil etc is refined. an oil refinery.
References in classic literature ?
My lady," as her friends called her, sincerely desired to be a genuine lady, and was so at heart, but had yet to learn that money cannot buy refinement of nature, that rank does not always confer nobility, and that true breeding makes itself felt in spite of external drawbacks.
The Huron explained the meaning of David to his fellows, who, in their turn, listened to the project with that sort of satisfaction that their untamed spirits might be expected to find in such a refinement in cruelty.
They were two or three prettily written letters, exhaling a faint odor of refinement and of the pressed flowers that peeped from between the loose leaves.
If so, Judge Pyncheon could endure a century or two more of such refinement as well as most other men.
After my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes with the dreamy brethren of Brook Farm; after living for three years within the subtle influence of an intellect like Emerson's; after those wild, free days on the Assabeth, indulging fantastic speculations, beside our fire of fallen boughs, with Ellery Channing; after talking with Thoreau about pine-trees and Indian relics in his hermitage at Walden; after growing fastidious by sympathy with the classic refinement of Hillard's culture; after becoming imbued with poetic sentiment at Longfellow's hearthstone -- it was time, at length, that I should exercise other faculties of my nature, and nourish myself with food for which I had hitherto had little appetite.
The traveller in the south must often have remarked that peculiar air of refinement, that softness of voice and manner, which seems in many cases to be a particular gift to the quadroon and mulatto women.
Knocking was a refinement quite unknown in Riverboro, and if it had been heard of would never have been wasted on a child.
I had somehow imbibed the opinion that, in the absence of slaves, there could be no wealth, and very little refinement.
One should be sorry to see greater pride or refinement in the teacher of a school, Harriet.
I was not sure of the existence of one virtue in her nature: I had marked neither modesty, nor benevolence, nor candour, nor refinement in her mind or manners--and, I married her:- gross, grovelling, mole-eyed blockhead that I was
Tell her what Heathcliff is: an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation; an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone.
Vanstone's eyes had lost -- and yet there was less interest, less refinement and depth of feeling in her expression: it was gentle and feminine, but clouded by a certain quiet reserve, from which her mother's face was free.