refinement

[ ri-fahyn-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈfaɪn mənt /

noun


Nearby words

  1. refinance,
  2. refinancing,
  3. refine,
  4. refined,
  5. refinedly,
  6. refiner,
  7. refinery,
  8. refining,
  9. refinish,
  10. refit

Origin of refinement

First recorded in 1605–15; refine + -ment

Related formsnon·re·fine·ment, nounpre·re·fine·ment, nounself-re·fine·ment, nounsu·per·re·fine·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for refinement

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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Word Origin and History for refinement

refinement

n.

1610s, "act or process of refining; state of being pure," from refine + -ment. Meaning "fineness of feeling" is from 1708.

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