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Pronunciation:  ri'fInmunt

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  1. [n]  the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
  2. [n]  a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
  3. [n]  the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique"
  4. [n]  the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
  5. [n]  a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they 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"--Joseph Conrad

REFINEMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: civilisation, civilization, cultivation, culture, elaboration, finish, nicety, nuance, polish, purification, refining, shade, subtlety
 See Also: advance, betterment, excellence, flawlessness, import, improvement, meaning, ne plus ultra, perfection, processing, rectification, significance, signification



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

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

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

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

Syn: Purification; polish; politeness; gentility; elegance;
     cultivation; civilization.