refined

Something that's refined has gone through a process to remove impurities. An oil refinery removes impurities from oil. When a person's refined, they have good manners and good taste.

A stereotypically refined lady will drink tea every day at four in the afternoon, lift her pinky while drinking, and select only refined (pure white, not raw) sugar as a sweetener. Someone with a refined taste in art has learned how to make judgments about what is good and what they like.

Primary Meanings of refined

1.
adj
(used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
2.
adj
freed from impurities by processing
Full Definitions of refined
1

adj (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel

“she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship”
refined people with refined taste”
Synonyms:
civilised, civilized
having a high state of culture and development both social and technological
elegant
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
fastidious
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
gracious
characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
polished
perfected or made shiny and smooth
civilised, civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite
marked by refinement in taste and manners
couth
(used facetiously) refined
dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee
affectedly dainty or refined
debonair, debonaire, debonnaire, suave
having a sophisticated charm
delicate, finespun
developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
gentlemanlike, gentlemanly
befitting a man of good breeding
ladylike
befitting a woman of good breeding
patrician
befitting a person of noble origin
overrefined, superfine
excessively delicate or refined
well-bred, well-mannered
of good upbringing
Antonyms:
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
inelegant
lacking in refinement or grace or good taste
unfastidious
marked by an absence of due or proper care or attention to detail; not concerned with cleanliness
ungracious
lacking charm and good taste
unpolished
not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing
agrestic
(of behavior) rustic and uncouth
artless, uncultivated, uncultured
(of persons) lacking art or knowledge
boorish, loutish, neandertal, neanderthal, oafish, swinish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
crass
(of persons) so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility
bounderish, ill-bred, lowbred, rude, underbred, yokelish
(of persons) lacking in refinement or grace
low
unrefined in character
robust
rough and crude
rough
(of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse
rough-spoken
rude or uncouth in speech
ungentlemanlike, ungentlemanly
not befitting a gentleman
unladylike
lacking the behavior or manner or style considered proper for a lady
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adj showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience

Synonyms:
polished, svelte, urbane
sophisticated
having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire

adj suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Synonyms:
elegant, graceful
gracious
characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit

adj free from what is tawdry or unbecoming

Synonyms:
neat, tasteful
elegant
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
2

adj freed from impurities by processing

refined sugar”
refined oil”
“"to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare”
Synonyms:
processed
Antonyms:
crude, unprocessed, unrefined
not refined or processed

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