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 Upon her return, she is burdened with finding husbands for her unrefined and reckless sisters. Swarna Gowtham, Town & Country, 1 Aug. 2022 The stories are simple, and the acting is sometimes unrefined. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 The stories are simple, and the acting is sometimes unrefined. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 The stories are simple, and the acting is sometimes unrefined. New York Times, 2 June 2022 Their sound unrefined and their performance effortful, these singers were compelling in a way professionals couldn’t be. New York Times, 1 July 2022 Taxes can then be imposed on unrefined fossil fuels, to encourage industries to invest in low-carbon technologies for avoiding the tax burden. Manish Kumar, Quartz, 15 June 2022 To be clear, this is still an enormous leap—NASA's OSIRIS-Rex mission is believed to be returning about 1 kg of unrefined material from the surface of an asteroid at a mission cost of about $800 million. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 31 May 2022 Made from a core triumvirate of tasty ingredients—cocoa, raw honey, and unrefined coconut oil—they’re a textural masterpiece. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unrefined

1582, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2022

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“Unrefined.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrefined. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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