sophistication

[suh-fis-ti-key-shuhn]
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; Middle English < Medieval Latin sophisticātiōn- (stem of sophisticātiō), equivalent to sophisticāt(us) (see sophisticate) + -iōn- -ion

antisophistication, noun
hypersophistication, noun
oversophistication, noun
self-sophistication, noun
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sophisticate
 
vb
1.  (tr) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
2.  to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
3.  (tr) to make more complex or refined
4.  rare to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
 
n
5.  a sophisticated person
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic]
 
sophisti'cation
 
n
 
so'phisticator
 
n

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sophistication
c.1400, "use or employment of sophistry," from M.L. sophisticationem (nom. sophisticatio), from sophisticare "adulterate, cheat quibble," from L. sophisticus "of sophists," from Gk. 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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Example sentences
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.
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