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 The resulting goal consequently undid a scrappy albeit unrefined performance that saw FCC close to taking points from New England (5-1-2), the current Eastern Conference leaders. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 3 June 2021 Over half of unrefined heavy REEs imported to China come from Myanmar, while partnerships with Brazilian mining companies have yielded positive trade relations in Latin America. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 2 June 2021 People who eat a monotonous diet of unrefined grains like wheat and rice—most of the world’s extreme poor—often suffer from a mineral deficiency. Sharman Apt Russell, Scientific American, 20 May 2021 And unrefined sugars like raw honey or maple syrup make a difference. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 11 May 2021 An anarchic spirit and unrefined aesthetic has defined crypto art. Washington Post, 8 May 2021 And even with an unrefined script, Haddish and Crystal have some nice moments. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 The goal of uranium enrichment is to raise the percentage levels of U-235, which is often done through the use of centrifuges — machines that spin a form of unrefined uranium at high speeds. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Some people use organic, cooking, unrefined or pure coconut oil straight from the jar as a hair treatment. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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