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[n., adj. suh-fis-ti-kit, -keyt; v. suh-fis-ti-keyt] /n., adj. səˈfɪs tɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. səˈfɪs tɪˌkeɪt/
a sophisticated person.
verb (used with object), sophisticated, sophisticating.
to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
to alter; pervert:
to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
verb (used without object), sophisticated, sophisticating.
to use sophistry; quibble.
Origin of sophisticate
1350-1400; Middle English (adj. and v.) < Medieval Latin sophisticātus (past participle of sophisticāre to tamper with, disguise, trick with words), equivalent to Latin sophistic(us) (see sophistic) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
outsophisticate, verb (used with object), outsophisticated, outsophisticating. Unabridged
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  • They're decidedly not meant for the nursery-school set nor for a fashionable sophisticate.
  • Which is not to say that the food sophisticate will slip back into somnolence.
  • He's not a sophisticate and doesn't spend his discretionary time with sophisticates.
  • Now the gamine was overlaid with the trenchant sophisticate.
  • Lionel will be a suave sophisticate and have many wives.
  • The problems are difficult to define and may require novel approaches and the use of sophisticate techniques.
  • To the unsophisticated and sometimes to the sophisticate, the nature of credit is a mystery.
  • Many of these travelers are considered cultural heritage tourists or the geo savvy and urban sophisticate traveler.
British Dictionary definitions for sophisticate


verb (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt)
(transitive) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
(transitive) to make more complex or refined
(rare) to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
noun (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt)
a sophisticated person
Derived Forms
sophistication, noun
sophisticator, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic
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Word Origin and History for sophisticate

c.1400, "make impure by admixture," from Medieval Latin sophisticatus, past participle of sophisticare (see sophistication). From c.1600 as "corrupt, delude by sophistry;" from 1796 as "deprive of simplicity." Related: Sophisticated; sophisticating. As a noun meaning "sophisticated person" from 1921.

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