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refined adj
1 used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste" [ant: unrefined]
2 freed from impurities by processing; "refined sugar"; "refined oil"; "to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare [syn: processed] [ant: unrefined]
3 showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner"; "maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: polished, svelte, urbane]
4 made pure [syn: purified, sublimate]
5 suggesting taste, ease, and wealth [syn: elegant, graceful]
6 free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; "a neat style"; "a neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans upset" [syn: neat, tasteful]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • rē fīnd'


  1. Showing or having good feelings or good taste.
    Ozzie and Harriet are refined people.
  2. An absence of coarseness.
  3. Not vulgar.
  4. Without impurities.
    The sugar was refined, not gritty.


showing good taste
absence of coarseness
not vulgar
without impurities


  1. past of refine
    The raw petroleum was refined into kerosene.''

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