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sophomoric

[sof-uh-mawr-ik, -mor-] /ˌsɒf əˈmɔr ɪk, -ˈmɒr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a sophomore or sophomores.
2.
suggestive of or resembling the traditional sophomore; intellectually pretentious, overconfident, conceited, etc., but immature:
sophomoric questions.
Also, sophomorical.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15, Americanism; sophomore + -ic
Related forms
sophomorically, adverb
unsophomoric, adjective
unsophomorical, adjective
unsophomorically, adverb
Synonyms
2. childish, adolescent, juvenile.
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Examples for sophomoric
  • It is curious that an editorial page so consistently self-righteous should stoop to such a sophomoric stunt.
  • The editors allege that the administration is trying to muzzle the sophomoric and often vulgar publication.
  • Here he continues to display his sophomoric grasp of science with these musings.
  • And the practice is not limited to sophomoric hoaxes.
  • But the whole idea of taxes being theft, especially when levied by a representative government, strikes me as being sophomoric.
  • sophomoric whining about the market and maintaining academic exceptionalism is not going to cut it.
  • Your comment shows a sophomoric grasp of measurement philosophy, theory, and method.
  • Those would be sophomoric responses, and graduate students are not sophomores.
  • Despite the sophomoric provocation, there was a startling audacity to much of his work at that time.
  • The director of a consumer group says he's sleazy and sophomoric.
Word Origin and History for sophomoric
adj.

"characteristic of a sophomore" (regarded as self-assured and opinionated but crude and immature), 1806, from sophomore + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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