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Definition of "refined" []

  • Free from coarseness or vulgarity; polite. (adjective)
  • Free of impurities; purified. (adjective)
  • Precise to a fine degree. (adjective)
  • Not coarse or vulgar; genteel, elegant, or polite (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Subtle; discriminating (adjective)
  • Freed from impurities; purified (adjective)

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Use "refined" in a sentence
  • "These soft-spoken elements are what I call refined."
  • "You come along with me and I'll introduce you (he's not what you call a refined sort of feller, yer know, 'he explained forbearingly,' but still we've always been friends in a way); you can't stop?"
  • ""He was very refined in his conversation -- at least, what I call refined -- for he was one of those persons in whose society one is comfortable from the certainty that they will never say anything which can shock other people, or hurt their feelings, be they ever so fastidious or sensitive.""