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.

Definitions of refined
  1. adjective
    (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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    suggesting taste, ease, and wealth
    synonyms: elegant, graceful
    gracious
    characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit
  4. adjective
    free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
    synonyms: neat, tasteful
    elegant
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
  5. adjective
    freed from impurities by processing
    refined sugar”
    refined oil”
    “"to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare”
    synonyms: processed
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    Antonyms:
    crude, unprocessed, unrefined
    not refined or processed
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