refinement

[ ri-fahyn-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈfaɪn mənt /

noun

Origin of refinement

First recorded in 1605–15; refine + -ment

Related forms

non·re·fine·ment, nounpre·re·fine·ment, nounself-re·fine·ment, nounsu·per·re·fine·ment, noun
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refinement

/ (rɪˈfaɪnmənt) /

noun

the act of refining or the state of being refined
a fine or delicate point, distinction, or expression; a subtlety
fineness or precision of thought, expression, manners, etc; polish or cultivation
a device, change, adaptation, etc, designed to improve performance or increase efficiency
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