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  1. [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"
    Synonyms: polish, culture, cultivation, finish

  2. [noun] the result of improving something; "he described a refinement of this technique"
    Synonyms: elaboration

  3. [noun] the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)
    Synonyms: refining, purification

  4. [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"
    Synonyms: nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety

  5. [noun] the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; "a man of intellectual refinement"; "he is remembered for his generosity and civilization"
    Synonyms: civilization, civilisation


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