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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.


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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