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[uhn-ri-fahynd] /ˌʌn rɪˈfaɪnd/
not refined; not purified, as substances:
unrefined metal.
coarse or crude; lacking in refinement of taste, feeling, manners, language, etc.
Origin of unrefined
1585-95; un-1 + refined
1. unpurified, crude, coarse. 2. unpolished, uncultured, ill-bred, rude, boorish, vulgar, gross. Unabridged
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  • The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has spirited performance but sounds somewhat coarse and unrefined.
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  • Hoagland may be a bit undereducated and unrefined in his speaking style.
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  • Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine was unrefined.
  • He is a little unrefined but has the potential to improve.
  • If you're expecting an unrefined vehicle with sluggish performance, however, you'll be surprised.
  • unrefined cottonseed oil is therefore sometimes used as a pesticide.
British Dictionary definitions for unrefined


(of substances such as petroleum, ores, and sugar) not processed into a pure or usable form
coarse in manners or language
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Word Origin and History for unrefined

1590s, "not refined in manners," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of refine (v.). Meaning "not free from gross matter" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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