What does the word refinement mean?

Usage examples for refinement

  1. Mr. Moggridge had this great element of refinement, that he thought nothing honest beneath him. – The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.] by Richard Le Gallienne
  2. They introduced their native refinement, and greatly improved British arts. – The Towns of Roman Britain by James Oliver Bevan
  3. No one thing so denotes the degree of real refinement in a man as the fee he offers the clergyman for marrying him. – The Etiquette of To-day by Edith B. Ordway