over-refine

VERB
  1. refine too much or with excess of subtlety
    He is overrefining this matter
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How To Use over-refine In A Sentence

  • It is in the salon that the over-refinement called preciosity budded and bloomed. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI
  • The writer sometimes tended to over-elaborate and over-refine his subject's language in later versions and revisions.
  • Another difficulty with carbohydrate food is that it is often over-refined.
  • Her dignity became a stilted manner, her social supremacy led her into affectation and sentimental over-refinements; she queened it with her foibles, after the usual fashion of those who allow their courtiers to adore them. Two Poets
  • The "marivaudage" of Marivaux is sometimes a refined and novel mode of expressing delicate shades and half-shades of feeling; sometimes an over-refined or over-subtle attempt to express ingenuities of sentiment, and the result is then frigid, pretentious, or pedantic. A History of French Literature Short Histories of the Literatures of the World: II.
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