Synonyms for (noun) refinement

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: excellence

Definition: the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: significance, signification, meaning, import

Definition: the message that is intended or expressed or signified

Usage: what is the meaning of this sentence; the significance of a red traffic light; the signification of Chinese characters; the import of his announcement was ambiguous


Synonyms: refinement, elaboration

Definition: the result of improving something

Usage: he described a refinement of this technique

Similar words: betterment, advance, improvement

Definition: a change for the better; progress in development


Synonyms: refinement, refining, purification

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

Similar words: processing

Definition: preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure

Usage: the processing of newly arrived immigrants; the processing of ore to obtain minerals


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: ne plus ultra, perfection, flawlessness

Definition: the state of being without a flaw or defect