One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Refine excessively, as with subtle distinctions or needless delicacy.‘the sole French character is frivolous and overrefined’
snobbish, refined, over-refined, pretentious, affected, mannered, pompous, conceited, superior, haughty, preciousView synonyms
- ‘The writer sometimes tended to over-elaborate and over-refine his subject's language in later versions and revisions.’
- ‘After years of polluting, processing and over-refining our food, we are suffering from adverse health problems and, worse still, we are inflicting them on our children.’
- ‘Over-refining foods involves the addition of unhealthy ingredients.’
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