overrefined

adjective over·re·fined \ ˌō-vər-ri-ˈfīnd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overrefined

: excessively refined
  • … appears to be attempting to shed his overrefined appearance to demonstrate … he can hurl partisan vitriol with the best of them.
  • —David Catanese
  • …its clichéd reputation … as the most overrefined, overcivilized, repressed nation on Earth, a place of raised pinkies and cakes …
  • —Russell Smith
  • Our version switches out the potatoes for yams and the overrefined vegetable oil for coconut oil …
  • —Margaret Floyd and James Barry

overrefinement

play \ˌō-vər-ri-ˈfīn-mənt\ noun, plural overrefinements
    • … a boy some seventeen years of age, with his hands all skinned and sore from having picked corn in the cornfield, in those days when a glove was an overrefinement
    • —Francis G. Blair

First Known Use of overrefined

1709


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