un·​re·​fined | \ ˌən-ri-ˈfīnd How to pronounce unrefined (audio) \

Definition of unrefined

: not refined: such as
a : lacking moral or social cultivation : coarse, uncouth unrefined tastes and manners
b : not separated from dross, impurity, or unwanted matter unrefined oil/ore

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unrefined


crude, native, natural, raw, rude, undressed, unprocessed, untreated


dressed, processed, refined, treated

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The precise crunch of each unrefined Trapani sea-salt crystal waiting to dissolve. New York Times, "A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza," 4 June 2019 But his skill set is still unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 Don’t @ me, but people who say that condiments elevate the taste of their food clearly have unrefined palates. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Unpopular Opinion: Condiments Are Disgusting," 21 Nov. 2018 Then there’s the diarrhea that some people experience as the result of too much fructose or sorbitol—two naturally occurring sugars found in many unrefined sugars and fruits. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 If the scrubs were bad, the medical supply store Ms. Hasson’s friend pointed her to was worse, with racks of unrefined scrubs crammed next to wheelchairs and canes. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "This Company is Fast Becoming the Warby Parker of Scrubs," 15 Oct. 2018 His 37 games at Kentucky did little to ease concerns about his unrefined skill set. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Hamidou Diallo Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 But his skill set is still unrefined, his handle loose and his offensive feel in the halfcourt limited. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 Goslings and ducklings are baby birds, but a groundling is an uncritical or unrefined person (too poor to pay for a seat in Renaissance theaters) and a changeling is a child exchanged by fairies, or any kind of replacement of inferior value. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When good words turn bad," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unrefined

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrefined was in 1582

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English Language Learners Definition of unrefined

: still in the natural and original state or form : not yet refined
disapproving : not having or showing good education and manners
: not smooth, fine, or precise

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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