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unrefined

[uhn-ri-fahynd] /ˌʌn rɪˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
not refined; not purified, as substances:
unrefined metal.
2.
coarse or crude; lacking in refinement of taste, feeling, manners, language, etc.
Origin of unrefined
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; un-1 + refined
Synonyms
1. unpurified, crude, coarse. 2. unpolished, uncultured, ill-bred, rude, boorish, vulgar, gross.
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Examples from the Web for unrefined
Historical Examples
  • Altogether there was something about him 18 that struck Maya as unrefined.

  • Those of his kindred with whom you will associate are unrefined and mean.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To be sure, Mrs. Goodenough was a commonplace, unrefined woman.

    Wives and Daughters

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Plain and unrefined as Mrs. Strong was, she had a good, generous heart.

    Kathie's Soldiers

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Their taste is unrefined, but they are inclined to respect grace and dignity.

  • Adaptability: a mystery, 9;in lifes journey, 44;to unrefined people, 72.

    Human Intercourse Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • She thought twins vulgar and most unrefined, and could not bear to discuss them.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Still less was she hard, uncultured, undignified, unrefined.

  • She thought him unrefined, noisy, but probably good-hearted and generous.

    Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 2 of 3 Julie Bosville Chetwynd
  • Not apt to arts or crafts, they had, and have, an unrefined delight in bright colours.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for unrefined

unrefined

/ˌʌnrɪˈfaɪnd/
adjective
1.
(of substances such as petroleum, ores, and sugar) not processed into a pure or usable form
2.
coarse in manners or language
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Word Origin and History for unrefined
adj.

1590s, "not refined in manners," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of refine (v.). Meaning "not free from gross matter" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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