List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 96

SYNONYMS: culture, cultivation, breeding, refinement, taste.
These nouns denote a personal quality resulting from the development of intellect, manners, and aesthetic appreciation.

Culture implies enlightenment attained through close association with and appreciation of the highest level of civilization: Culture It is then properly described not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection.
Cultivation suggests the process of self-improvement or self-development through which culture is acquired: The books and paintings in her library reflect her considerable cultivation.
Breeding is revealed especially in good manners, poise, and sensitivity to the feelings of others: The test of a man's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
Refinement stresses aversion to coarseness and implies a delicacy of feeling associated with fastidiousness: They seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.
Taste is the capacity for recognizing and appreciating what is fitting, proper, or aesthetically superior: These questions of taste, of feeling, of inheritance, need no settlement. Every one carries his own inch-rule of taste.

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