Part of speech: noun

Delicacy; culture.

Part of speech: noun

The act of refining.

Part of speech: noun

A subtlety.

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Usage examples "refinement":

  1. Mr. Moggridge had this great element of refinement, that he thought nothing honest beneath him. - "The Romance of Zion Chapel [3d ed.]", Richard Le Gallienne.
  2. They introduced their native refinement, and greatly improved British arts. - "The Towns of Roman Britain", 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", Edith B. Ordway.