What does refinement mean?

Definitions for refinementrɪˈfaɪn mənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refinement.

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

  2. refinement, elaboration(noun)

    the result of improving something

    "he described a refinement of this technique"

  3. refining, refinement, purification(noun)

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

  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"

  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"


  1. refinement(Noun)

    The act, or the result of refining; the removal of impurities, or a purified material

  2. refinement(Noun)

    High-class style; cultivation.

  3. refinement(Noun)

    A fine or subtle distinction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refinement(noun)

    the act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas

  2. Refinement(noun)

    that which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic


  1. Refinement

    Refinement is a generic term of computer science that encompasses various approaches for producing correct computer programs and simplifying existing programs to enable their formal verification.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refinement in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refinement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bruce Lee:

    True refinement seeks simplicity.

  2. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    The same refinement which brings us new pleasures, exposes us to new pains.

  3. Albert Einstein, Physics and Reality [1936]:

    The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

  4. Julia Steinberger:

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

  5. Cicero:

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

Images & Illustrations of refinement

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Translations for refinement

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تهذيبArabic
  • rafinaceCzech
  • raffinementDanish
  • hienokäytöksisyys, puhdistaminen, puhdistus, sivistyneisyys, hienostuneisuus, jalostaminen, jalostusFinnish
  • raffinementFrench
  • kifinomultságHungarian
  • みやびJapanese
  • истенченост, рафинирање, префинетост, прочистувањеMacedonian
  • verfijning, zuiveringDutch
  • refinoPortuguese
  • delicatețe, finețe, rafinament, rafinare, rafinajRomanian
  • raffinemang, förfiningSwedish

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