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Synonyms for refinement
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish(noun)

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

    Synonyms:
    purification, goal, acculturation, shade, last, polish, finish, culture, ending, coating, glossiness, cultivation, nuance, nicety, destination, civilization, finis, finishing, refining, stopping point, civilisation, elaboration, subtlety, close, gloss, conclusion, burnish, finale

  2. refinement, elaboration(noun)

    the result of improving something

    "he described a refinement of this technique"

    Synonyms:
    intricacy, purification, enlargement, shade, elaborateness, polish, involution, finish, culture, amplification, cultivation, nuance, nicety, working out, civilization, refining, civilisation, elaboration, subtlety, expansion

  3. refining, refinement, purification(noun)

    the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)

    Synonyms:
    purgation, nicety, culture, elaboration, shade, subtlety, civilization, cultivation, refining, polish, nuance, civilisation, finish, purification

  4. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement(noun)

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

    Synonyms:
    cultivation, wraith, shade, shadiness, polish, refining, rightness, specter, ghost, purification, tincture, tint, nuance, shadowiness, nicety, culture, civilization, spectre, spook, civilisation, elaboration, subtlety, tone, finish, justness, niceness, tad

  5. refinement, civilization, civilisation(noun)

    the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

    "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

    Synonyms:
    nicety, culture, elaboration, shade, subtlety, civilization, cultivation, refining, polish, nuance, civilisation, finish, purification

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refinement

    Civilization applies to nations, denoting the sum of those civil, social, economic, and political attainments by which a community is removed from barbarism; a people may be civilized while still far from refinement or culture, but civilization is susceptible of various degrees and of continued progress. Refinement applies either to nations or individuals, denoting the removal of what is coarse and rude, and a corresponding attainment of what is delicate, elegant, and beautiful. Cultivation, denoting primarily the process of cultivating the soil or growing crops, then the improved condition of either which is the result, is applied in similar sense to the human mind and character, but in this usage is now largely superseded by the term culture, which denotes a high development of the best qualities of man's mental and spiritual nature, with especial reference to the esthetic faculties and to graces of speech and manner, regarded as the expression of a refined nature. Culture in the fullest sense denotes that degree of refinement and development which results from continued cultivation through successive generations; a man's faculties may be brought to a high degree of cultivation in some specialty, while he himself remains uncultured even to the extent of coarseness and rudeness. Compare HUMANE; POLITE.

    Synonyms:
    civilization, cultivation, culture, elegance, politeness

    Antonyms:
    barbarism, boorishness, brutality, clownishness, coarseness, grossness, rudeness, rusticity, savagery, vulgarity

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refinement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    improvement

  2. refinement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    elegance, polish, purity, delicacy, cultivation, civility, good-breeding

  3. refinement(n.)

    Synonyms:
    subtilty, extreme nicety

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refinement(n)

    Synonyms:
    culture, elegance, polish, fastidiousness, purification, sublimation, subtility, clarification, tenuity

    Antonyms:
    vulgarity, coarseness, crudity, barbarity, philistinism

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    refining, sophistication, improvement, refinery, fine-tuning, improving

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How to use refinement in a sentence?

  1. Lawrence Durrell:

    It's only with great vulgarity that you can achieve real refinement, only out of bawdy that you can get tenderness.

  2. Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.:

    Yale's greatness carries an urgent need to guard against the fall of excellence into exclusivity, of refinement into preciousness, of elegance into class and convention.

  3. Julia Steinberger:

    We thought there needed to be much more detail and refinement of those metrics.

  4. Eugène Delacroix:

    The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently.

  5. Cicero:

    A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and untroubled old age.


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