- 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 sophisticate
Here we are in 1970s New York City, with a certain kind of sophisticate; someone must be wearing checked pants.Renata Adler, Poet of a Chaotic Generation
March 21, 2013
He must needs try to sophisticate us by talking about "the doings of the gods."Nineteenth Century Questions
James Freeman Clarke
Ale was originally made from barley-malt and yeast alone, and those who put in anything else were held to sophisticate the liquor.
As far as Clavering could see, she had every intention of making a Sophisticate night of it.Black Oxen
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Ours is continually the task to civilize, to sophisticate, to refine this raw material.Craftsmanship in Teaching
William Chandler Bagley
Because the merit is an unreal merit, it does not corrupt or sophisticate his real merits.All Things Considered
G. K. Chesterton
- (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 sophisticate
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.