Textual thesaurus for "refinement"

(noun) civilisation, civilization

the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

a man of intellectual refinement; he is remembered for his generosity and civilization

(noun) shade, subtlety, nuance, nicety

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

(noun) elaboration

the result of improving something

he described a refinement of this technique

(noun) refining, purification

the process of removing impurities (as from oil or metals or sugar etc.)

(noun) cultivation, culture, finish, polish

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