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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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Noun1.overrefinement - the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
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Clifford's transgressive "nature" is not identified as homosexual, though he is associated with stigmatized traits that later in the nineteenth century would be attributed to the figure of the homosexual: sophisticated tastes, overrefinement, luxury, effeminacy, and the potential for decadence.
Delano to be one of the novel's most interesting characters, used by Child to "[suggest] that the eradication of racial prejudice and the integration of blacks into American society will benefit whites at least as much as blacks, infusing warmth, color, and spontaneity into a culture suffering from overrefinement" ("Lydia Maria Child's A Romance of the Republic" 95).
In Tristram Shandy, Sterne responds to this ignorance by indulging in a vulgarity that is self-conscious as vulgarity but that is nonetheless consistently paired with benevolent impulse and an ideology which mocks the hollowness of overrefinement.
overeducation and overrefinement and that they could revivify themselves
In contrast, in the non-abstract world where the curves of economic policy, politics, and legislation-making intersect, the creation of an inflection point tends to bring with it a discernible amount of overreaction, a palpable amount of overrefinement.