over·​re·​fined ˌō-vər-ri-ˈfīnd How to pronounce overrefined (audio)
: 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 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

Examples of overrefined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jenkins’s overrefined sense of black history — a pageant of fabulous nightmares — is the real extravagance in The Underground Railroad. Armond White, National Review, 12 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overrefined was in 1709

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“Overrefined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrefined. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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