[ uhn-ri-fahynd ]
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  1. not refined; not purified, as substances: unrefined metal.

  2. coarse or crude; lacking in refinement of taste, feeling, manners, language, etc.

Origin of unrefined

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + refined

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How to use unrefined in a sentence

  • At first, the soaking facilities were little more than unrefined structures of canvas and lumber, perched over individual mountainside springs or tubs carved into the rock.

  • They say that sweet and unrefined drinks are the fastest way to get drunk.

    Locked up in the Land of Liberty: Part III | Yariel Valdés González | July 21, 2021 | Washington Blade
  • It came from one accustomed to bring excellent, if unrefined sense, to bear quickly upon any emergency, and to decide rapidly.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • You know these people, though they have great riches, are very often very unrefined.

    Sarah's School Friend | May Baldwin
  • But she also sat down to the piano without being invited, and sang a song which it was plain Mrs. Gano thought unrefined.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins

British Dictionary definitions for unrefined


/ (ˌʌnrɪˈfaɪnd) /

  1. (of substances such as petroleum, ores, and sugar) not processed into a pure or usable form

  2. coarse in manners or language

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