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English adjective: refined

1. refined (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel


SamplesShe was delicate and refined and unused to hardship.
Refined people with refined taste.


Similarcivilised, civilized, couth, cultivated, cultured, dainty, debonair, debonaire, debonnaire, delicate, finespun, genteel, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, ladylike, mincing, niminy-piminy, overrefined, patrician, polite, prim, suave, superfine, twee, well-bred, well-mannered


See alsocivilised, civilized, elegant, fastidious, gracious, polished


Antonymsunrefined

2. refined freed from impurities by processing


SamplesRefined sugar.
Refined oil.
To gild refined gold.


Synonymsprocessed


Antonymsunprocessed, unrefined, crude

3. refined showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience


SamplesHis polished manner.
Maintained an urbane tone in his letters.


Synonymspolished, svelte, urbane


Similarsophisticated


Antonymsnaif, naive

4. refined suggesting taste, ease, and wealth


Synonymselegant, graceful


Similargracious


Antonymsungracious

5. refined free from what is tawdry or unbecoming


SamplesA neat style.
A neat set of rules.
She hated to have her neat plans upset.


Synonymsneat, tasteful


Similarelegant


Antonymsinelegant









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