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sophistication

[suh-fis-ti-key-shuh n] /səˌfɪs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
sophisticated character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.:
the sophistication of the wealthy.
2.
change from the natural character or simplicity, or the resulting condition.
3.
complexity, as in design or organization.
4.
impairment or debasement, as of purity or genuineness.
5.
the use of sophistry; a sophism, quibble, or fallacious argument.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin sophisticātiōn- (stem of sophisticātiō), equivalent to sophisticāt(us) (see sophisticate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
antisophistication, noun
hypersophistication, noun
oversophistication, noun
self-sophistication, noun
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  • More and more hoteliers are happy to accommodate you with style, sophistication and economy.
  • Any brand of toothpaste is peddled with far more sophistication than the life-saving work of aid groups.
  • Shun writers who lean on fatigued word combinations to signify sophistication.
  • Advertising muscle and consumer demand should not triumph over good taste and cultural sophistication.
  • The level of sophistication also hints that more discoveries may be on the way.
  • We are optimizing for the lowest cost of energy, not highest technical sophistication.
  • The level of sophistication of the art and design grew with time and new and more diverse materials were used.
  • But experts say it's highly unlikely they would also have the scientific sophistication to use the information to make a weapon.
  • Sometimes the message has come via a dismissal of the sophistication of my scholarly knowledge.
  • The danger comes when investors don't, confusing sophistication with judgment.
Word Origin and History for sophistication
n.

early 15c., "use of sophistry; fallacious argument intended to mislead; adulteration; an adulterated or adulterating substance," from Medieval Latin sophisticationem (nominative sophisticatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sophisticare "adulterate, cheat quibble," from Latin sophisticus "of sophists," from Greek sophistikos "of or pertaining to a sophist," from sophistes "a wise man, master, teacher" (see sophist). Meaning "wordly wisdom, refinement, discrimination" is attested from 1850.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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