Refinement

Definition of Refinement

Re`fine´ment   Pronunciation: r?`f?n´ment
n.1.The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas.
The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they.
- Norris.
From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equaled its refinements.
- Swift.
2.That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic.

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