Definitions for (noun) refinement

Main entry: refinement, civilisation, civilization

Definition: the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

Usage: a man of intellectual refinement; he is remembered for his generosity and civilization


Main entry: refinement, shade, subtlety, nuance, nicety

Definition: a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Usage: without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor; don't argue about shades of meaning


Main entry: refinement, elaboration

Definition: the result of improving something

Usage: he described a refinement of this technique


Main entry: refinement, refining, purification

Definition: the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)


Main entry: cultivation, culture, finish, refinement, polish

Definition: a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

Usage: 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