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sophisticate

[n., adj. suh-fis-ti-kit, -keyt; v. suh-fis-ti-keyt] /n., adj. səˈfɪs tɪ kɪt, -ˌkeɪt; v. səˈfɪs tɪˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
a sophisticated person.
adjective
verb (used with object), sophisticated, sophisticating.
3.
to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
4.
to alter; pervert:
to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
verb (used without object), sophisticated, sophisticating.
5.
to use sophistry; quibble.
Origin
1350-1400
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for sophisticates

sophisticate

verb (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt)
1.
(transitive) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
2.
to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
3.
(transitive) to make more complex or refined
4.
(rare) to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
noun (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt; -kɪt)
5.
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 sophisticates

sophisticate

v.

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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