What is refinement?

  • (noun): The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste.
    Example: "A man of intellectual refinement"
    Synonyms: civilization, civilisation
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "refinement":

  • (noun): The process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.).
    Synonyms: refining, purification
  • (noun): The result of improving something.
    Example: "He described a refinement of this technique"
    Synonyms: elaboration
  • (noun): A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality.
    Example: "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"
    Synonyms: polish, culture, cultivation, finish

Famous quotes containing the word refinement:

    It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At ... moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.
    Alice James (1848–1892)