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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


2. refined freed from impurities by processing

SamplesRefined sugar.
Refined oil.
To gild refined gold.


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


Antonymsnaif, naive

4. refined suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Synonymselegant, graceful



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



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