Overrefinement
Overrefinement O"ver*re*fine"ment, n. Excessive refinement. [1913 Webster]

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  • overrefinement — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • overrefinement — /oh veuhr ri fuyn meuhnt/, n. excessive or unnecessary refinement. [1705 15; OVER + REFINEMENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • overrefinement — n. excess of refinement; excessive delicacy; excessive improvement of small details …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overrefinement — o′ver•re•fine′ment n …   From formal English to slang

  • overrefinement — /oʊvərəˈfaɪnmənt/ (say ohvuhruh fuynmuhnt) noun excessive or unnecessary refinement …   Australian English dictionary

  • overrefinement — noun the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean • Syn: ↑distortion, ↑straining, ↑torture, ↑twisting • Derivationally related forms: ↑twist (for: ↑twisting), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Intuition — (Roget s Thesaurus) Sophistry >The absence of reasoning. >. False or vicious reasoning PARAG:Intuition >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 1 =>{ant,476,} intuition instinct association Sgm: N 1 presentiment presentiment Sgm: N 1 rule of thumb rule… …   English dictionary for students

  • straining — I noun 1. an intense or violent exertion (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑strain • Derivationally related forms: ↑strain, ↑strenuous (for: ↑strain), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • twisting — I noun 1. the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑distortion, ↑overrefinement, ↑straining, ↑torture • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wiredraw — transitive verb Date: 1598 1. to draw or stretch forcibly ; elongate 2. to draw or spin out to great length, tenuity, or overrefinement ; attenuate • wiredrawer noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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