having or showing well-bred feeling, taste, etc.: refined people.
freed or free from coarseness, vulgarity, etc.: refined taste.
freed from impurities: refined sugar.
very subtle, precise, or exact: refined distinctions.

1565–75; refine + -ed2

refinedly [ri-fahy-nid-lee, -fahynd-] , adverb
refinedness, noun
half-refined, adjective
nonrefined, adjective
quasi-refined, adjective
semirefined, adjective
superrefined, adjective
ultrarefined, adjective
well-refined, adjective

1. cultivated, polished, polite, courteous, civilized, courtly, genteel, elegant. 3. clarified, distilled, purified.

1. rude, coarse, crude.
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refined (rɪˈfaɪnd)
1.  not coarse or vulgar; genteel, elegant, or polite
2.  subtle; discriminating
3.  freed from impurities; purified

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Word Origin & History

1582, of metals, 1588 of manners, from re-, intensive prefix + obs. fine (v.) "make fine," from fine (adj.) "delicate" (q.v.). Cf. Fr. raffiner, It. raffinare, Sp. refinar. General and fig. sense is recorded from 1596; of sugar, from 1613. Refinery in various senses is first
recorded 1727. Refinement "act or process of refining" is from 1611; meaning "fineness of feeling" is from 1708.
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refine re·fine (rĭ-fīn')
v. re·fined, re·fin·ing, re·fines
To reduce to a pure state; purify.

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