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English noun: refinement

1. refinement (state) a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality


SamplesThey 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.


Synonymscultivation, culture, finish, polish


Broader (hypernym)flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection

2. refinement (event) the result of improving something


SamplesHe described a refinement of this technique.


Synonymselaboration


Broader (hypernym)advance, betterment, improvement

3. refinement (process) the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)


Synonymspurification, refining


Broader (hypernym)processing


Narrower (hyponym)rectification

4. refinement (communication) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude


SamplesWithout understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor.
Don't argue about shades of meaning.


Synonymsnicety, nuance, shade, subtlety


Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

5. refinement (attribute) the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste


SamplesA man of intellectual refinement.
He is remembered for his generosity and civilization.


Synonymscivilisation, civilization


Broader (hypernym)excellence









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