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Dictionary definition for: Refinement

1. (n) 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

2. (n) the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique"

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

4. (n) 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. (n) the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement" "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"

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