Definition of unrefined in English:

unrefined

adjective

  • 1Not processed to remove impurities or unwanted elements.

    ‘unrefined sugar’
    • ‘Choose oils that are unrefined and minimally processed.’
    • ‘Her yoghurts are naturally flavoured using fruit, unrefined sugar and lemon juice.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The workers demanded an increase of 70 000 to 100 000 tons of the annual tariff quota for the import of unrefined sugar.’
    • ‘Their secret is to ingest salt, unrefined sugar, and vitamins, which limit weight loss to just a few ounces per day.’
    • ‘When I start eating unrefined sugars again I'm going to make buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cheryl loves ginger and prefers this brand because it's made with unrefined cane sugar, which is better for the environment than granulated sugar.’
    • ‘Worldwide production of crude oil, unrefined oil stripped of any natural gas liquids, is slightly less than 66 million barrels a day.’
    • ‘Made with unsalted butter, unrefined sugar and free-range, organic eggs you will have something infinitely superior to any shop-bought cake.’
    • ‘The carbohydrates in unrefined, natural foods release their energy slowly, without disrupting blood sugar levels.’
    • ‘Using proper ingredients - unrefined and unprocessed - is of prime importance.’
    • ‘Nowhere else in the world does Shell bring ashore unrefined gas, as it is usually processed at sea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I doubt the Prince would be interested in an unrefined lady such as myself.’
    • ‘He had just finished Modern Painters and realised that great and beautiful works of art were often associated with coarse or unrefined artists.’
    • ‘Many Virginians, particularly those on the frontier, identified with these preachers who lacked a formal education and possessed unrefined manners and an awkward delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What kind of person would I be if I allowed myself to indulge in such unrefined and unconstructive activity?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beth shared my feelings and we talked about how Anne's behavior was very common and unrefined.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One the other hand, one who is unrefined and crude is limited in said ability.’
    • ‘A red-haired Cuban refugee used to take offense at nearly everything I uttered, finding me unrefined, unlettered, vulgar, and a bore.’
    • ‘Apparently bloggers really are considered the barbarians at the gates - unrefined, undisciplined and uncivilized.’
    uncultured, uncultivated, uncivilized, philistine, uneducated, unsophisticated, unpolished, indelicate, inelegant, ungraceful
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Pronunciation

unrefined

/ʌnrɪˈfʌɪnd/