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unrefined

Definition of Unrefined

(adjective) Lacking in manners or taste; uncouth.

Unrefined Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: un·re·fined

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /uhn-ri-fIEnd/
  • British English – /uhn-ri-fIEnd/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌənrəˈfaɪnd/
  • British English – /(ˌ)ʌnrᵻˈfʌɪnd/

Usage Notes

  • Unrefined is contrasted to cultivated.
  • Also called:
    • uncivilized
    • uncultured
    • uneducated
    • raw
    • uncouth

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Cite the Definition of Unrefined

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “unrefined.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 7, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/unrefined/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

unrefined. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/unrefined/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “unrefined.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 7, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/unrefined/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“unrefined.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 7 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/unrefined/>.