overrefine

[ oh-ver-ri-fahyn ]
/ ˌoʊ vər rɪˈfaɪn /

verb (used with object), o·ver·re·fined, o·ver·re·fin·ing.

to refine excessively, as with oversubtle distinctions.

Nearby words

  1. overrake,
  2. overran,
  3. overrate,
  4. overreach,
  5. overreact,
  6. overrefinement,
  7. overreliance,
  8. overrepresent,
  9. overrich,
  10. override

Origin of overrefine

First recorded in 1705–15; over- + refine

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British Dictionary definitions for overrefine

overrefine

/ (ˌəʊvərɪˈfaɪn) /

verb

to refine (something) to excess
(intr) to make excessively fine distinctions
Derived Formsoverrefinement, noun

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