sophisticated

[ suh-fis-ti-key-tid ]
/ səˈfɪs tɪˌkeɪ tɪd /

adjective

(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.

Nearby words

  1. sophism,
  2. sophist,
  3. sophister,
  4. sophistic,
  5. sophisticate,
  6. sophistication,
  7. sophistries,
  8. sophistry,
  9. sophists,
  10. sophoclean


Origin of sophisticated

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin sophisticāt(us) sophisticate + -ed2

Related forms

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

Related formsout·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 sophisticated

sophisticated

/ (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪtɪd) /

adjective

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
Derived Formssophisticatedly, adverb

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 Formssophistication, nounsophisticator, noun

Word Origin for sophisticate

C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic

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