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[suh-fis-ti-key-shuh n] /səˌfɪs tɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
sophisticated character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.:
the sophistication of the wealthy.
change from the natural character or simplicity, or the resulting condition.
complexity, as in design or organization.
impairment or debasement, as of purity or genuineness.
the use of sophistry; a sophism, quibble, or fallacious argument.
Origin of sophistication
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The haunting beauty of Mr. de la Mare's delicate art springs from an ear of superlative tenderness and sophistication.

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
  • With all her sophistication, Tillie was vastly ignorant of life.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • His sophistication was all gone; he was just a small boy, heartily ashamed of himself and ready to cry.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • Her expression, her voice, her lack of sophistication, all had the limpidity of water.

    The Dust Flower Basil King
  • He had a very distinguished talent, but he was too distinctly clever—clever to the point of sophistication.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
Word Origin and History for sophistication

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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