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Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Excessive refinement; refinement with excess of subtlety or affectation of nicety.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Excessive refinement.

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  • noun Excessive refinement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

Etymologies

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over- +‎ refinement

Examples

  • Hume warned that overrefinement, which is born of excessive luxury, is the most extreme danger to taste and national sensibility.

    The Ruins of Empire: Nationalism, Art, and Empire in Hemans's Modern Greece

  • Marked by an unbecoming delicacy or overrefinement

    Meet GRRM and (maybe) cast and crew

  • Paradox - ically, Gothic aberration might stem not solely from rusticity and lack of cultivation but also from perverse overrefinement, as in the phenomena we now generally regard as baroque.

    CONCEPT OF GOTHIC

  • Little Fuzzy had known exactly what he wanted when he'd started making that thing, he'd kept on until it was as perfect as possible, and had stopped short of spoiling it by overrefinement.

    The Fuzzy Papers

  • Little Fuzzy had known exactly what he wanted when he'd started making that thing, he'd kept on until it was as perfect as possible, and had stopped short of spoiling it by overrefinement.

    Little Fuzzy

  • a most attentive observer of men, even at court, where a certain varnish of overrefinement conceals nearly all individual features.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11

  • "worn out," but today "effete" is more likely to suggest overrefinement, weakness of character, snobbery, and effeminacy.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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