Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Noun: refinement  ri'fIn-munt
  1. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
    "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose";
    - polish, culture, cultivation, finish, finesse
  2. The result of improving something
    "he described a refinement of this technique";
    - elaboration
  3. The process of removing impurities (as from oil, metals or sugar etc.)
    - refining, purification
  4. A subtle difference in meaning, opinion or attitude
    "without understanding the finer refinements you can't enjoy the humour";
    - nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety
  5. The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
    "a man of intellectual refinement";
    - civilization, civilisation [Brit]

Derived forms: refinements

Type of: advance, betterment, excellence, flawlessness, import, improvement, meaning, ne plus ultra, perfection, processing, significance, signification

Encyclopedia: Refinement