In this instance, the Ngram data offer a refinement, not a revelation.
The bride, Kamala, was exquisitely beautiful, but possessed none of the refinement prized by her in-laws.
Kyoto, Japan, is one of my favorite places for the refinement of the food and the ambiance of the city.
This was the world of Gustave H. our narrator assumes, one of refinement, poise, and impeccable service.
We find them consistently hostile to learning and refinement in black people, which is described as "trying to be white."
Speculative knowledge, taste, and refinement must receive a due share of attention, but be kept in their place.
For a woman of her refinement, she had the strangest proclivity for low company!
Classical purity and refinement of taste are his specialties as an actor, and neither power nor intensity.
I desire to imitate the committee in their refinement and delicacy of distinction.
To tell the fortunes of gypsy girls was, he thought, the refinement of presumption.