One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the refinement of sugar’
purification, refining, clarifying, clarification, cleansing, straining, sifting, filtering, filtration, rarefaction, distillation, concentration, processing, treatment, treating
2‘all programs have bugs and need endless refinement’
improvement, perfection, polishing, honing, fine-tuning, touching up, revision, editing, copy-editing
completion, finishing, finishing off, the final touches, the finishing touches, crowning, consummation
3‘a woman who spoke with self-conscious refinement’
style, elegance, finesse, polish, finish, sophistication, urbanity
civility, politeness, grace, graciousness, courtliness, good manners, good breeding, gentility
cultivation, culture, taste, discrimination
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