1
[ adjective ] used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel

Examples

"she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship" "refined people with refined taste"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

She is well-educated and refined , all wildcat and fur , and Union from the muzzle to the crupper '' .

2
[ adjective ] freed from impurities by processing

Synonyms

processed

Examples

"refined sugar" "refined oil" "to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare

Used in print

(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)

Will mere debate on that proposition , even_though it be free and untrammeled , remove the dross and leave a residue of refined gold ?

Related terms

unrefined

3
[ adjective ] suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Synonyms

graceful elegant

Related terms

gracious

4
[ adjective ] made pure

Synonyms

purified sublimate

Related terms

pure

5
[ adjective ] showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience

Examples

"his polished manner" "maintained an urbane tone in his letters"

Related terms

sophisticated

6
[ adjective ] free from what is tawdry or unbecoming

Synonyms

neat tasteful

Examples

"a neat style" "a neat set of rules" "she hated to have her neat plans upset"

Related terms

elegant

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