[ US /ɹəˈfaɪnmənt/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪfˈa‍ɪnmənt/ ]
  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. the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
  3. the result of improving something
    he described a refinement of this technique
  4. a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art
    they performed with great polish
    I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose
  5. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    don't argue about shades of meaning
    without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor
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How To Use refinement In A Sentence

  • Among the refinements are five-way adjustable shocks, stiffer springs and a beefier antiroll bar lacing the rear end. A Boss on the Road With a Peon's Interior
  • Kind and tempting was the invitation to prolong my stay at the See House; enticing was the prospect offered me of a visit to a seigneurie on the Ottawa; and it was with very great reluctance that, after a sojourn of only one day, I left this abode of refinement and hospitality, and the valued friends who had received me with so much kindness, for a tedious journey to New The Englishwoman in America
  • Ride and refinement: the twin pillars that must support any car's claim to be the best luxury vehicle in the world. Times, Sunday Times
  • After this first step is taken, further refinement of specific goals comes more easily. Christianity Today
  • It bore that air of uncostly refinement which is one of the most pleasing outward features of the aloof civilization to which it, though not the Callenders, belonged. Kincaid's Battery
  • There are two women in Britain who make her look the soul of discretion, refinement and good taste.
  • Crude surgery without anesthesia or asepsis has been replaced by modern painless surgery with its exquisite technical refinement. The Emperor of All Maladies
  • I think you have done well in avoiding the topic altogether; but between ourselves, do you really think that the refinement of manner, the censorious, hypocritical, verbal scrupulosity, which is carried so far in this "picked age" of ours, is a true sign of superior refinement of taste, and purity of morals? Characteristics of Women Moral, Poetical, and Historical
  • The concept of validity has been contested and is subject to further refinement.
  • Everything was sculpted to present an elegant, Japanese refinement, using dark woods and red silks and gold embroidery and edging.
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