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refinement

[ri-fahyn-muh nt] /rɪˈfaɪn mənt/
noun
1.
fineness or elegance of feeling, taste, manners, language, etc.
2.
an instance of refined feeling, manners, etc.
3.
the act or process of refining.
4.
the quality or state of being refined.
5.
a subtle point or distinction.
6.
subtle reasoning.
7.
an improved, higher, or extreme form of something:
a refinement of the old system.
8.
Mathematics. a set whose elements include the elements of a given set.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; refine + -ment
Related forms
nonrefinement, noun
prerefinement, noun
self-refinement, noun
superrefinement, noun
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Examples from the web for refinement
  • The message was of utter refinement that, even in the parade of long gowns, kept a supple and personal elegance.
  • There is no limitation in the spectrum of sound waves, only in the refinement of the human ear.
  • But first refinement of our consciousness is imperative.
  • Likewise, the way some of the dinosaurs moved could use a little more refinement.
  • It's astonishing to have such ornate refinement in the middle of the stark landscape.
  • IN the garden, as elsewhere, refinement is often viewed as a plus.
  • For further refinement lets do the test for a month, two days is nothing.
  • refinement of the current acceptable theories doesn't fit the bill.
  • Pardon my unruly critical thought processes, but in my experience only ideas that can survive criticism and refinement are useful.
  • refinement of petroleum isn't emission free when they distill it either.
British Dictionary definitions for refinement

refinement

/rɪˈfaɪnmənt/
noun
1.
the act of refining or the state of being refined
2.
a fine or delicate point, distinction, or expression; a subtlety
3.
fineness or precision of thought, expression, manners, etc; polish or cultivation
4.
a device, change, adaptation, etc, designed to improve performance or increase efficiency
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Word Origin and History for refinement
n.

1610s, "act or process of refining; state of being pure," from refine + -ment. Meaning "fineness of feeling" is from 1708.

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