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  Definition of refinement
  1. the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
  2. 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"
  3. the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique"
  4. the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
  5. 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
Similar Words: civilization, civilisation, nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, elaboration, refining, purification, polish, culture, cultivation, finish

 

Hyponyms: rectification

 

Derivational Morphology: educate, school, train, cultivate, civilize, civilise, refine, complicate, rarify, elaborate, polish, fine-tune, down, purify, sublimate, make pure, distill, rectify, round, round off, polish up, brush up

 

 
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