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[uhn-ri-fahynd] /ˌʌn rɪˈfaɪnd/
not refined; not purified, as substances:
unrefined metal.
coarse or crude; lacking in refinement of taste, feeling, manners, language, etc.
Origin of unrefined
First recorded in 1585-95; un-1 + refined
1. unpurified, crude, coarse. 2. unpolished, uncultured, ill-bred, rude, boorish, vulgar, gross. Unabridged
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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


(of substances such as petroleum, ores, and sugar) not processed into a pure or usable form
coarse in manners or language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unrefined

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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