Definition of unrefined in English:

unrefined

adjective

  • 1Not processed to remove impurities or unwanted elements.

    ‘unrefined sugar’
    • ‘Their secret is to ingest salt, unrefined sugar, and vitamins, which limit weight loss to just a few ounces per day.’
    • ‘Worldwide production of crude oil, unrefined oil stripped of any natural gas liquids, is slightly less than 66 million barrels a day.’
    • ‘The workers demanded an increase of 70 000 to 100 000 tons of the annual tariff quota for the import of unrefined sugar.’
    • ‘Ideally, you want to look for wholesome food - that is, food that is unrefined and unprocessed such as soy products, nuts, lean meats, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.’
    • ‘The carbohydrates in unrefined, natural foods release their energy slowly, without disrupting blood sugar levels.’
    • ‘I also used light brown unrefined cane sugar: I think it works particularly well in baked goods, because it keeps a crystallized texture that's really lovely to bite into.’
    • ‘Using proper ingredients - unrefined and unprocessed - is of prime importance.’
    • ‘Her yoghurts are naturally flavoured using fruit, unrefined sugar and lemon juice.’
    • ‘Then you sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado sugar (called cassonade, or unrefined cane sugar) over the top, or serve it with a spoonful of jam.’
    • ‘Cheryl loves ginger and prefers this brand because it's made with unrefined cane sugar, which is better for the environment than granulated sugar.’
    • ‘Choose oils that are unrefined and minimally processed.’
    • ‘That means you should eat unrefined sugar sources such as fruits, vegetables and grains to trim down, while avoiding candy, soda and other processed foods.’
    • ‘When I start eating unrefined sugars again I'm going to make buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup.’
    • ‘Nowhere else in the world does Shell bring ashore unrefined gas, as it is usually processed at sea.’
    • ‘Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, unrefined cereals, olive oil, cheese and yogurt are eaten most days, as is fish.’
    • ‘This is unrefined flour, so most of the grain remains intact when milled, giving a flour that is much higher in fibre than refined white flour.’
    • ‘Tip handfuls of pale, hard goosegogs into a stainless steel pan and sprinkle them generously with unrefined golden sugar and a few good shakes of water - just enough to stop the fruit sticking.’
    • ‘Made with unsalted butter, unrefined sugar and free-range, organic eggs you will have something infinitely superior to any shop-bought cake.’
    • ‘‘We all know that poor diet, eating too much unrefined sugar and not brushing our teeth are causes of tooth decay,’ he says, suggesting that a proper programme of dental education would be a better solution.’
    • ‘Dikme was asked by an MP in Parliament to comment on the problem with imported unrefined sugar, most of which is illegal, as well as the measures to stimulate domestic production of sugar.’
    unprocessed, untreated, unpurified, crude, raw, natural, plain, coarse, rough, unworked, unprepared, unmilled, unfinished
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  • 2(of a person or their behaviour) not elegant or cultured.

    • ‘Not only do I look like an unsentimental person, but I also look like an unrefined idiot.’
    • ‘He had just finished Modern Painters and realised that great and beautiful works of art were often associated with coarse or unrefined artists.’
    • ‘I doubt the Prince would be interested in an unrefined lady such as myself.’
    • ‘Many Virginians, particularly those on the frontier, identified with these preachers who lacked a formal education and possessed unrefined manners and an awkward delivery.’
    • ‘Beth shared my feelings and we talked about how Anne's behavior was very common and unrefined.’
    • ‘And at 21 he's so unrefined that you can never be sure exactly what he'll do - for better or worse - when he's involved in a play.’
    • ‘Apparently bloggers really are considered the barbarians at the gates - unrefined, undisciplined and uncivilized.’
    • ‘What kind of person would I be if I allowed myself to indulge in such unrefined and unconstructive activity?’
    • ‘One the other hand, one who is unrefined and crude is limited in said ability.’
    • ‘His personality or attitude could be so off-putting that customers leave early, or his sales ability could be so unrefined that he consistently undersells.’
    • ‘And I was very pleased with him; he seemed to demonstrate how sociable and civil Englishmen were, and made our own gentlemen, in comparison, look crude and unrefined.’
    • ‘A red-haired Cuban refugee used to take offense at nearly everything I uttered, finding me unrefined, unlettered, vulgar, and a bore.’
    • ‘She's smart enough, however, to understand that her beauty and her bankroll will open doors that would otherwise slam flush in the face of an unrefined girl from the Colonies.’
    • ‘He is tough, brave, and polite, though slightly unrefined.’
    • ‘To the unrefined or under-bred person, the visiting-card is but a trifling and insignificant piece of paper; but to the cultured disciple of social law it conveys a subtle and unmistakable intelligence.’
    uncultured, uncultivated, uncivilized, philistine, uneducated, unsophisticated, unpolished, indelicate, inelegant, ungraceful
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Pronunciation

unrefined

/ʌnrɪˈfʌɪnd/