1. The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas.
The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they. --Norris.
From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equaled its refinements. --Swift.
2. That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic. “The refinements of irregular cunning.”
Syn: -- Purification; polish; politeness; gentility; elegance; cultivation; civilization.
n 1: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or
impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish";
"I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose";
"almost an inspiration which gives to all work that
finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad [syn: polish,
culture, cultivation, finish]
2: the result of improving something; "he described a
refinement of this technique" [syn: elaboration]
3: the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or
sugar etc.) [syn: refining, purification]
4: a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude;
"without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy
the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning" [syn: nuance,
nicety, shade, subtlety]
5: the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste;
"a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for
his generosity and civilization" [syn: civilization, civilisation]