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refinement (>Vietnamese)

n

1: 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 [syn: polish, culture, cultivation, finish]

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

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

4: 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" [syn: nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety]

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

Adjacent words: referring | refill | refilling | refinance | refine | refined | refined sugar | refinement | refiner | refinery | refining | refining industry | refinish | refinisher | refit | refitted

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