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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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Word Origin and History for hypersophistication

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.

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