Refinement - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfaɪnmənt|  American pronunciation of the word refinement
Brit.  |rɪˈfʌɪnm(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word refinement

noun

- a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality(syn: cultivation, culture, finish, polish)

I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose

- the result of improving something(syn: elaboration)

he described a refinement of this technique

- the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.) (syn: purification, refining)
- a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude (syn: nicety, nuance, shade, subtlety)
- the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste(syn: civilisation, civilization)

a man of intellectual refinement

Examples

...the recent refinements in this area of medical technology...

There was a certain refinement in his temper which won him affection.

The new model has a number of refinements.

The new theory is a refinement of Corbin's theory of personality development.

Some further refinement is needed.

I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose

he described a refinement of this technique

Such is the exquisite refinement of American political discourse in the early 21st century.

a woman of breeding and refinement

Word forms

noun
singular: refinement
plural: refinements
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