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

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

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overrefinement \ ˌō-​vər-​ri-​ˈfīn-​mənt How to pronounce overrefined (audio) \ 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Overrefined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrefined. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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