un·​re·​fined ˌən-ri-ˈfīnd How to pronounce unrefined (audio)
: not refined: such as
: lacking moral or social cultivation : coarse, uncouth
unrefined tastes and manners
: not separated from dross, impurity, or unwanted matter
unrefined oil/ore

Examples of unrefined in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One high in fresh vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, as well as seafood, eggs and poultry, and unrefined extra virgin olive and flax oils. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2024 Ensuring Data Accuracy Inaccurate or incomplete data from unrefined or misguided metrics can lead to skewed assessments of your engagement. Lou Hong, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Oil? Sources of Emu Oil and What to Look For Emu oil comes in many topical applications, including unrefined oils and highly refined oils in glass dropper bottles. Elizabeth Barnes, Verywell Health, 28 Feb. 2024 The defense has been more prone to the ups and downs of unrefined potential, but talented youngsters Will Anderson Jr. and Derek Stingley have also come on strongly in the second half. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 Celebrities and brands are being invited to show their raw and unrefined selves right alongside us. Elana Klein, WIRED, 28 Jan. 2024 The pieces are handmade in Italy, where the vintage coins are encased in unrefined 22- or 18-karat gold to preserve them. Caitie Kelly Kin Woo Kate Guadagnino Nicole Demarco Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024 The new restaurant will celebrate the unrefined nature of indigenous cooking traditions from Puebla, Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Dec. 2023 Many of us grew up starting the day with cereal, toast, bagels, or the occasional piece of bacon, but experts now warn against consuming those sorts of sugary, unrefined foods first thing. Hannah Coates, Glamour, 10 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unrefined was in 1582

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“Unrefined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrefined. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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