Origin of refined
verb (used with object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
verb (used without object), re·fined, re·fin·ing.
Origin of refine
Examples from the Web for refined
To produce deliciously smooth drams of single malt, the region has refined the ancient art of distillation.
In refined form, sugar (also known as sucrose) has been linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes.
From the refined attire at Lincoln Center to the avant-garde dress downtown, we spotted many of the big 2014 trends.
Stacks of refined (left) and crude (right) Tin ingots after smelting.
Refined, elegant, and to the manor born, Betty is everything that Don is not.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’|Amy Zimmerman|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One glance at the woman showed her to be elegant in dress and of a refined appearance.The Crime of the French Caf and Other Stories|Nicholas Carter
It was then that Lad disgraced himself and his deities, and proved himself all unworthy to appear in so refined an assembly.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
All his sympathies and tastes were those of a man of refined mind, and of a lover of scholarship and sound learning.George Washington, Vol. II|Henry Cabot Lodge
Though so refined as to elude the force of material remedies, some may however think that it may be reasoned with.Observations on Madness and Melancholy|John Haslam
"Refined conversation is not made of impertinences," Madame suggested.Master of the Vineyard|Myrtle Reed
Word Origin for refine
1570s, "subtle;" 1580s, "elegant;" 1590s, "purified," past participle adjective from refine (v.).
1580s, of metals, c.1590 of manners, from re-, intensive prefix, + obsolete fine (v.) "make fine," from fine (adj.) "delicate." Cf. French raffiner, Italian raffinare, Spanish refinar. General and figurative sense is recorded from 1590s; of sugar, from 1610s. Related: Refined; refining.