overrefine

[oh-ver-ri-fahyn]

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

to refine excessively, as with oversubtle distinctions.

Origin of overrefine

First recorded in 1705–15; over- + refine
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British Dictionary definitions for overrefine

overrefine

verb

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