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  • the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
    • a man of intellectual refinement
    • he is remembered for his generosity and civilization
  • 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
  • the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
  • the result of improving something
    • he described a refinement of this technique
  • 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
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