Refinement

Re*fine"ment

(r?*f?n"ment), n. [Cf. F. raffinement.] 1. The act of refining, or the state of being refined; as, the refinement or metals; refinement of ideas.
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The more bodies are of kin to spirit in subtilty and refinement, the more diffusive are they.
Norris.
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From the civil war to this time, I doubt whether the corruptions in our language have not equaled its refinements.
Swift.
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2. That which is refined, elaborated, or polished to excess; an affected subtilty; as, refinements of logic. "The refinements of irregular cunning." Rogers.
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Syn. -- Purification; polish; politeness; gentility; elegance; cultivation; civilization.
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