- (of a person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc.) altered by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not naive: a sophisticated young socialite; the sophisticated eye of an experienced journalist.
- pleasing or satisfactory to the tastes of sophisticates, or people who are educated, cultured, and worldly-wise: sophisticated music.
- deceptive; misleading.
- complex or intricate, as a system, process, piece of machinery, or the like: a sophisticated electronic control system.
- of, for, or reflecting educated taste, knowledgeable use, etc.: Many Americans are drinking more sophisticated wines now.
Origin of sophisticated
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- a sophisticated person.
- to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
- to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
- to use sophistry; quibble.
Origin of sophisticate
Examples from the Web for sophisticated
Sophisticated, nuanced, melodious pop music, that sweeps you away.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
With this sophisticated tone set, the shop opened and developed a clientele.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
It has always featured the very best voices and employed the most sophisticated stagecraft of any opera house.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
Shawn E. Milnes
November 23, 2014
This was the most sophisticated global tracking system ever devised, and it worked with lethal efficiency.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Even in the most sophisticated echelons of the media ecosystem, the fix was in.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
October 19, 2014
There speaks the sophisticated and conscious literary technician!The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The sophisticated African has ceased to be surprised at anything a white man may do.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But it is a vain enterprise for sophisticated Europe to try and understand these doings.Under Western Eyes
"Time has nothing to do with love," said the sophisticated Sara.Glory of Youth
Crowley was right—she could not meet his sophisticated gaze.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- having refined or cultured tastes and habits
- appealing to sophisticatesa sophisticated restaurant
- unduly refined or cultured
- pretentiously or superficially wise
- (of machines, methods, etc) complex and refined
- (tr) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
- to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
- (tr) to make more complex or refined
- rare to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
- a sophisticated person
Word Origin and History for sophisticated
c.1600, "mixed with a foreign substance, impure; no longer simple or natural," past participle adjective from sophisticate (v.). Of persons, with a positive sense, "worldly-wise, discriminating, cultured," from 1895.
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.