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Synonyms for refinement
rɪˈfaɪn məntre·fine·ment

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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which is the result, is applied in similar sense to the human mind and character, but in this usage is now largely superseded by the term culture, which denotes a high development of the best qualities of man's mental and spiritual nature, with especial reference to the esthetic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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finishnoun

    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, elaborationnoun

    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, purificationnoun

    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, refinementnoun

    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, civilisationnoun

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refinementnoun

    Synonyms:
    improvement

  2. refinementnoun

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

  3. refinementnoun

    Synonyms:
    subtilty, extreme nicety

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refinementnoun

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

    Antonyms:
    vulgarity, coarseness, crudity, barbarity, philistinism

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How to use refinement in a sentence?

  1. Matthew Stover:

    There are some who say that Time is itself a hammer; that each slow second marks another tap that makes big rocks into little rocks, waterfalls into canyons, cliffs into beaches. There are some who say that Time is instead a blade. They see the dance of its razored tip, poised like a venomous snake, forever ready to slay faster than the eye can see. And there are some who say that Time is both hammer and blade. They say the hammer is a sculptor's mallet, and the blade is a sculptor's chisel: that each stroke is a refinement, a perfecting, a discovery of truth and beauty within what would otherwise be blank and lifeless stone. And I name this saying wisdom.

  2. Bruce Lee:

    True refinement seeks simplicity.

  3. Cicero:

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

  4. Hazlitt:

    The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.

  5. Jewel:

    I'm becoming more and more myself with time, I guess that's what grace is, the refinement of your soul through time.

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