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4 definitions found
 for refined
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refine \Re*fine"\ (r?*f?n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refined
     (-find"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refining.] [Pref. re- + fine to
     make fine: cf. F. raffiner.]
     1. To reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; to free from
        impurities; to free from dross or alloy; to separate from
        extraneous matter; to purify; to defecate; as, to refine
        gold or silver; to refine iron; to refine wine or sugar.
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              I will bring the third part through the fire, and
              will refine them as silver is refined. --Zech. xiii.
                                                    9.
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     2. To purify from what is gross, coarse, vulgar, inelegant,
        low, and the like; to make elegant or exellent; to polish;
        as, to refine the manners, the language, the style, the
        taste, the intellect, or the moral feelings.
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              Love refines
              The thoughts, and heart enlarges.     --Milton.
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     Syn: To purify; clarify; polish; ennoble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Refined \Re*fined"\ (-f?nd"), a.
     Freed from impurities or alloy; purifed; polished; cultured;
     delicate; as; refined gold; refined language; refined
     sentiments.
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           Refined wits who honored poesy with their pens.
                                                    --Peacham.
     [1913 Webster] -- Re*fin"ed*ly (r?*f?n"?d*l?), adv. --
     Re*fin"ed*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  refined
      adj 1: (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and
             genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to
             hardship"; "refined people with refined taste" [ant:
             unrefined]
      2: freed from impurities by processing; "refined sugar";
         "refined oil"; "to gild refined gold"- Shakespeare [syn:
         refined, processed] [ant: crude, unprocessed,
         unrefined]
      3: showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that
         comes from wide social experience; "his polished manner";
         "maintained an urbane tone in his letters" [syn: polished,
         refined, svelte, urbane]
      4: suggesting taste, ease, and wealth [syn: elegant,
         graceful, refined]
      5: free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; "a neat style"; "a
         neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans upset"
         [syn: neat, refined, tasteful]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  257 Moby Thesaurus words for "refined":
     Attic, Ciceronian, accurate, advanced, allergic, ameliorated,
     anaphylactic, appreciative, archetypical, aristocratic, assembled,
     attentive, attenuate, attenuated, beautified, bettered,
     bowdlerized, built, cast, chaste, civilized, clarified, classic,
     clean, cleaned, cleaned up, cleansed, clear, close, conscientious,
     constant, constructed, consummate, converted, correct, courteous,
     courtly, crafted, created, critical, cultivated, cultured, custom,
     custom-built, custom-made, dainty, delicat, delicate, demanding,
     detailed, developed, differential, dignified, direct, discerning,
     discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, distilled,
     distinctive, distingue, distinguishing, downy, easy, educated,
     elegant, elevated, embellished, empathetic, empathic, enhanced,
     enriched, even, exact, exacting, exemplary, exigent, expert,
     express, expurgated, exquisite, extracted, fabricated, faithful,
     fashioned, fastidious, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, fine-grained,
     finespun, finical, finicking, finicky, finished, fluffy, forged,
     formed, fully developed, fussy, fuzzy, gathered, gauzy, genteel,
     gentle, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly, goosy, gossamer, gossamery,
     graceful, gracile, gracious, grown, hairline, hairsplitting,
     handcrafted, handmade, harvested, highbred, homemade, homespun,
     hyperesthetic, hyperpathic, hypersensitive, improved, inerrable,
     inerrant, infallible, irritable, itchy, knowledgeable, ladylike,
     limpid, lucid, machine-made, machined, made, made to order,
     man-made, mannerly, manufactured, masterful, masterly,
     mathematical, mature, matured, meticulous, micrometrically precise,
     microscopic, milled, mined, minute, model, molded, narrow, natural,
     neat, nervous, nice, noble, overrefined, oversensible,
     oversensitive, overtender, particular, passible, pellucid,
     perfected, perspicuous, pinpoint, plain, polished, polite, posh,
     precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, prefab, prefabricated,
     prickly, processed, proficient, pubescent, punctilious, punctual,
     pure, purged, purified, put together, quintessential, raised,
     ready-for-wear, ready-formed, ready-made, ready-prepared,
     ready-to-wear, reformed, religious, religiously exact, responsive,
     restrained, rigid, rigorous, ripe, ripened, round, satin, satiny,
     scientific, scientifically exact, scrupulous, scrutinizing,
     selective, sensitive, severe, shaped, silky, simple, skittish,
     smelted, smooth, sophisticated, spruce, square, straightforward,
     strict, subtle, supersensitive, sympathetic, tactful, tasteful,
     tender, terse, tetchy, thin-skinned, thin-spun, ticklish, tidy,
     touchy, transfigured, transformed, trim, unaffected, undeviating,
     unerring, unlabored, urbane, velutinous, velvety, well-bred,
     well-brought-up, well-built, well-constructed, well-made,
     well-mannered, wiredrawn
  
  

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