Origin of refinement
Examples from the Web for refinement
Back in the USA, returning veterans found that the middle class had adopted the piano as a sign of refinement.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age|Van Dyke Parks|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was the world of Gustave H. our narrator assumes, one of refinement, poise, and impeccable service.
They are the epitome of old-school rationality and refinement—or at least they were until now.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork|Chloë Ashby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this instance, the Ngram data offer a refinement, not a revelation.
The bride, Kamala, was exquisitely beautiful, but possessed none of the refinement prized by her in-laws.
It smacked of the gold city which knows little enough of refinement amongst even its best classes.The Triumph of John Kars|Ridgwell Cullum
Men of refinement and high culture adopted it rather as an article of scholarly adornment.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
All the habits which tend to express the human spirit bring about a refinement of the body.Child and Country|Will Levington Comfort
Surely there is as great a want of refinement among us, in this respect, as among the natives of New Zealand.
In the saloon probably two score others applied themselves, with more diligence than refinement, to their food.The Hidden Places|Bertrand W. Sinclair