overrefinement

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n overrefinement the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overrefinement Excessive refinement.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overrefinement Excessive refinement; refinement with excess of subtlety or affectation of nicety.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Overrefinement any over subtle or affected refinement
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Usage

In literature:

OVERREFINE'MENT, any over subtle or affected refinement.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)" by Various
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