What is refinement?

  • (noun): A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality.
    Example: "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"
    Synonyms: polish, culture, cultivation, finish
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "refinement":

  • (noun): The result of improving something.
    Example: "He described a refinement of this technique"
    Synonyms: elaboration
  • (noun): The process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.).
    Synonyms: refining, purification
  • (noun): The quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste.
    Example: "A man of intellectual refinement"
    Synonyms: civilization, civilisation

Famous quotes containing the word refinement:

    Perhaps our own woods and fields,—in the best wooded towns, where we need not quarrel about the huckleberries,—with the primitive swamps scattered here and there in their midst, but not prevailing over them, are the perfection of parks and groves, gardens, arbors, paths, vistas, and landscapes. They are the natural consequence of what art and refinement we as a people have.... Or, I would rather say, such were our groves twenty years ago.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    You know that your toddler needed love and approval but he often seemed not to care whether he got it or not and never seemed to know how to earn it. Your pre-school child is positively asking you to tell him what does and does not earn approval, so he is ready to learn any social refinement of being human which you will teach him....He knows now that he wants your love and he has learned how to ask for it.
    Penelope Leach (20th century)

    It is an immense loss to have all robust and sustaining expletives refined away from one! At ... moments of trial refinement is a feeble reed to lean upon.
    Alice James (1848–1892)