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[ noun ] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

Examples

"he 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"--Conrad

Used in print

(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)

There is evidence to suggest , in_fact , that many authors of the humorous sketches were prompted to write them - or to make them as indelicate as they are - by way of protesting against the artificial refinements which had come to dominate the polite letters of the South .

Related terms

perfection educate polish

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[ noun ] the result of improving something

Synonyms

elaboration

Examples

"he described a refinement of this technique"

Used in print

(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)

A refinement of this technique has been described by Drs._Zworykin and Farrar and Mr._Berkely of the Medical_Electronics_Center of the Rockefeller_Institute .

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improvement complicate

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[ noun ] the process of removing impurities from oil or metals or sugar
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[ noun ] a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Examples

"without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor" "don't argue about shades of meaning"

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meaning refine

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[ noun ] the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

Examples

"a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

Related terms

excellence educate

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[ noun ] elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression

Related terms

elegance

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