over-refine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v over-refine refine too much or with excess of subtlety "He is overrefining this matter"
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Quotations

  • Eliza Farnham
    Eliza Farnham
    “Each of the arts whose office is to refine, purify, adorn, embellish and grace life is under the patronage of a muse, no god being found worthy to preside over them.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    Maxwell%20Maltz
    “Begin to imagine what the desirable outcome would be like. Go over these mental pictures and delineate details and refinements. Play them over and over to yourself.”
  • Washington Irving
    Washington%20Irving
    “The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.”

Usage

In literature:

A man of his stamp would not be over-refined.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
I think that, in general acceptance, over-refinement indicates decadence.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Wetherford marvelled over the evident culture and refinement of the ranger.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
How can he manage to hold his own among these refined, over-cultivated, fastidious Florentines?
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
No boy of thirteen, even in this refined and enlightened nineteenth century, can refrain from "crowing" over a defeated antagonist.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
One is loth to call selfish a nature so attractive in its refinement, so unhappy in its over-susceptibility.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
Menander became the victim of over-refined sensibility: he need not have feared the demon, as no good man need fear Satan.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
This sort of criticism appears to be over-refined.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IX (of X) - America - I" by Various
Sift the fruit all over with double refined sugar previously prepared, till it is quite white.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
She come over and set down by me, different from what she used to be, quiet and real refined.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
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In news:

For over 40 years, Master Clockmaker Ed Becham has refined his craft to prepare for his latest project.
Four members of Corn Refiners Association sue over 2011 sugar campaign.
The changes with FHA over the last year have not only made it difficult for condo owners to sell or refinance, but it also has put a potential financial strain on the community as well.
Fresh off his win at the 2010 Moomba Masters, Aaron Larkin tells WATERSKI how he's refined his offside turn over more than a decade.
First, Kristi Bennett did it for CTI Physical Therapy/United Refining in a 20-6 win over Crescent Beer.
OVER THE past three years, significant increases in storage tank capacity were added worldwide for crude oil and refined petroleum products.
"The smelting and refining operations have existed on this site since 1896, well over 100 years of operation at this site," he said.
PARIS — Are European tea drinking habits, refined over 400 years or so, ripe for change.
Refine a set over a couple of years, license the necessary tracks, mix them all together and voilà.
A team of students will execute the final fabrication and refinement of the digital exhibition over the summer of 2013 for fall installation.
Oil prices pushed up the price of gasoline this summer primarily because of concerns over Syria and Middle East disruptions and the higher costs of refining summer-grade gas for urban areas with pollution, Keilany said.
Navigate the maze and join ICIS for a day of introductory base oil training, led by an industry consultant with over 30 years of experience in base oil refining, international crude selection, and global lube supply and demand.
Like the Porsche Carrera GT, which is really just the most recent version of the classic Carrera, refined and improved over time, the Supernova TR exemplifies German craftsmanship in a modern day.
Of course, over time, IPS was improved and refined, and as is the case with most new technologies , costs eventually came down to an acceptable level for mass-production.
The usually refined spokesman for Mount Sunapee in central New Hampshire was bubbling over as he described his resort's snowy conditions.
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In science:

Over the last three decades, spatial models have been developed and substantially refined.
Partition Decomposition for Roll Call Data
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