Refinement Re*fine"ment (r?*f?n"ment), n. [Cf. F. raffinement.] 1. The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas. [1913 Webster]

The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they. --Norris. [1913 Webster]

From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equaled its refinements. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic. ``The refinements of irregular cunning.'' --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Purification; polish; politeness; gentility; elegance; cultivation; civilization. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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