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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His philosophy was perhaps at fault, and it may be that his humanity was unrefined.

    An Eye for an Eye Anthony Trollope
  • Altogether there was something about him 18 that struck Maya as unrefined.

  • Some of our greatest lawyers "read law" in the unrefined but honest and strengthening environment of the old-time law office.

    The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
  • Those of his kindred with whom you will associate are unrefined and mean.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • One of the vats was full of a rich brown liquid, which we were informed was unrefined cod-liver oil.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • Plain and unrefined as Mrs. Strong was, she had a good, generous heart.

    Kathie's Soldiers Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Lucy, meantime, was undergoing the broad banter of her unrefined cousins on the subject of the Irish clerk.

    The Young Step-Mother Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She thought twins vulgar and most unrefined, and could not bear to discuss them.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • "Then I'm an unrefined working woman, that's all," she said complacently.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • She thought him unrefined, noisy, but probably good-hearted and generous.

    Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 2 of 3 Julie Bosville Chetwynd
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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