from The Century Dictionary.

  • With refinement; with nicety or elegance, especially excessive nicety.

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  • adverb in a refined manner


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  • A readiness to give that which costs you nothing, that which is so truly a superfluity that it involves no sacrifice, is a mere animal instinct, as selfish perhaps, though more refinedly so than any other species of self-indulgence.

    The Young Lady's Mentor A Guide to the Formation of Character. In a Series of Letters to Her Unknown Friends

  • The whole thing was refinedly cruel, but really there was no help for it.

    The Crimson Blind

  • But (for thou art arguing too refinedly on no suitable occasion) I fear, O father, lest thy tongue be talking at random through thy woes.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • Mrs. Winters gestures at it refinedly -- she never points -- as Nancy comes in to breakfast looking as if whatever sleep she had had not done her very much good.

    Young People's Pride

  • The ladies Heth, having dined refinedly in their sitting-room, descended in search of cooling breezes, or for any other reason why.

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • Mr. Heth one starlit night, as they sat _a deux_ on the little front balcony where flowering window-boxes so refinedly concealed one from the public view:

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • At his pleasure he might fracture all of the decalogue that was refinedly fracturable, and so long as he rescued his social position intact from the ruin, he was her man just the same.


  • It comprised all the most infamous, the most refinedly sensual works that the human mind has produced in the course of centuries to serve as a commentary to the ancient hymn in honour of the god of Lampsacus, _Salve!

    The Child of Pleasure

  • It is evident that this unhappy marriage was decisive in determining De Sade's career; he at once threw himself recklessly into every form of dissipation, spending his health and his substance sometimes among refinedly debauched nobles and sometimes among coarsely debauched lackeys.

    Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 Analysis of the Sexual Impulse; Love and Pain; The Sexual Impulse in Women

  • Pardon me, my friends, for the disconnected manner in which I have addressed you, but I have spoken out of the fulness of my heart; as the words came up, so they have been uttered; not altogether, perhaps, so delicately, and systematically, and refinedly as they might have been, but still you must take them as they are.

    Frederick Douglass The Colored Orator.


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