Definition of overrefine in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • Refine excessively, as with subtle distinctions or needless delicacy.

    ‘the sole French character is frivolous and overrefined’
    • ‘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.’
    snobbish, refined, over-refined, pretentious, affected, mannered, pompous, conceited, superior, haughty, precious



/ˌōvə(r)rəˈfīn/ /ˌoʊvə(r)rəˈfaɪn/