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Refined vs. Elegant

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Refinedverb

simple past tense and past participle of refine

‘The raw petroleum was refined into kerosene.’;

Elegantadjective

Characterised by or exhibiting elegance.

Refinedadjective

Precise, freed from imprecision, particularly:

Elegantadjective

Characterised by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.

‘an elegant solution’;

Refinedadjective

Sagacious, sometimes oversubtle or feigning sagacity.

Elegantadjective

Fine; doing well.

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Refinedadjective

Subtle, scrupulous, carefully thought out.

‘The argument, while not persuasive, is quite refined.’;

Elegantadjective

Very choice, and hence, pleasing to good taste; characterized by grace, propriety, and refinement, and the absence of every thing offensive; exciting admiration and approbation by symmetry, completeness, freedom from blemish, and the like; graceful; tasteful and highly attractive; as, elegant manners; elegant style of composition; an elegant speaker; an elegant structure.

‘A more diligent cultivation of elegant literature.’;

Refinedadjective

Developed, improved.

‘The curriculum has been carefully refined to meet the needs of foreign students.’;

Elegantadjective

Exercising a nice choice; discriminating beauty or sensitive to beauty; as, elegant taste.

Refinedadjective

Cultured, freed from vulgarity, particularly:

Elegantadjective

refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style;

‘elegant handwriting’; ‘an elegant dark suit’; ‘she was elegant to her fingertips’; ‘small churches with elegant white spires’; ‘an elegant mathematical solution--simple and precise and lucid’;

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Refinedadjective

Elevated and polished.

‘In the British Isles, Oxbridge is considered refined; Geordie somewhat less so.’;

Elegantadjective

suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Refinedadjective

Elegant, sometimes affected, prissy, or bloodless.

‘Don Draper was a man of refined tastes.’;

Elegantadjective

of seemingly effortless beauty in form or proportion

Refinedadjective

Purified, reduced in or freed from impurities, particularly:

Elegantadjective

refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court;

‘a courtly gentleman’;

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Refinedadjective

Highly-processed and pure.

‘Under current guidelines, refined sugar must be at least five times purer than its raw counterpart.’;

Refinedadjective

Free of dross or alloy.

‘The Temple at Jerusalem preferred Tyrian shekels, since even with Ba'al's portrait they bore highly refined silver.’;

Refinedadjective

Morally pure.

Refinedadjective

Dealing in a refined product such as sugar or petroleum.

Refinednoun

The refined form of a commodity, as opposed to its raw or generic form.

‘We're still purchasing copper ore, but the market for refined is weaker.’;

Refinedadjective

Freed from impurities or alloy; purifed; polished; cultured; delicate; as; refined gold; refined language; refined sentiments.

‘Refined wits who honored poesy with their pens.’;

Refinedadjective

used of persons and their behavior; cultivated and genteel;

‘she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship’; ‘refined people with refined taste’;

Refinedadjective

freed from impurities by processing;

‘refined sugar’; ‘refined oil’; ‘to gild refined gold’;

Refinedadjective

showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience;

‘his polished manner’; ‘maintained an urbane tone in his letters’;

Refinedadjective

made pure

Refinedadjective

suggesting taste, ease, and wealth

Refinedadjective

free from what is tawdry or unbecoming;

‘a neat style’; ‘a neat set of rules’; ‘she hated to have her neat plans upset’;

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