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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Recent Examples on the Web Ordinary people might seem too coarse and unrefined. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 1, 2020: Gemini, careful with the flirting; Sagittarius, you’ll be spread too thin," 1 June 2020 Even though its on-road manners are unrefined compared to modern crossover SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler offers unsurpassed capability when pavement turns to dirt. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Best cars for achieving your New Year’s resolutions," 1 Jan. 2020 In the end, a combination of unrefined cane sugar and coconut sugar, which makes an excellent brown sugar substitute, produced the best results. Erin Jeanne Mcdowell, New York Times, "Chocolate Chip Cookies for Everyone," 20 Feb. 2020 Unaccustomed to formal playbooks, unrefined in his throwing mechanics, Jackson nonetheless threw 30 touchdown passes and ran for 21 scores as a U of L sophomore. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Top 10 Kentucky sports stories of the decade: from a stripper scandal to a Triple Crown," 23 Dec. 2019 For example, in Guatemala, foreign companies operating nickel mines are required to pay taxes equal to just 1 percent of the revenues from their unrefined ore. Popular Science, "Latin American environmentalists face unprecedented violence in defending their land," 30 Dec. 2019 But these are forgivable imperfections that, when taken alongside his exuberance, signal an artist with undeniable—if still unrefined—talent. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Who Wants to Be the ‘King of R&B’," 12 Nov. 2019 The Atkins diet caused the most coronary artery blockages whereas a diet low in fat and high in unrefined carbohydrates caused the least amount of blockages. Dean Ornish, Scientific American, "Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response," 15 Nov. 2019 In the beginning, the book may have been unrefined, but the core theme of staying within yourself was there even then. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Taylor Hirsch, student and author," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unrefined

1582, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrefined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrefined. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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