1. [ noun ] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
Synonyms: finish polish culture cultivation

"he 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"--Conrad

Related terms: perfection educate polish
2. [ noun ] the result of improving something
Synonyms: elaboration

"he described a refinement of this technique"

Related terms: improvement complicate
3. [ noun ] the process of removing impurities from oil or metals or sugar
Synonyms: purification refining
Related terms: processing rectification purify refine
4. [ noun ] a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
Synonyms: nuance shade subtlety nicety

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

Related terms: meaning refine
5. [ noun ] the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
Synonyms: civilization civilisation

"a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

Related terms: excellence educate
6. [ noun ] elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
Synonyms: breeding gentility genteelness
Related terms: elegance
Similar spelling:   repayment