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Origin of sophisticate

1350–1400; Middle English (adj. and v.) <Medieval Latin sophisticātus (past participle of sophisticāre to tamper with, disguise, trick with words), equivalent to Latin sophistic(us) (see sophistic) + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM sophisticate

out·so·phis·ti·cate, verb (used with object), out·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, out·so·phis·ti·cat·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for sophisticate

sophisticate

verb (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt)

(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

noun (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt, -kɪt)

a sophisticated person

Derived forms of sophisticate

sophistication, nounsophisticator, noun

Word Origin for sophisticate

C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic
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