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.

Origin of sophisticated

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

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Definition for sophisticated (2 of 2)

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 forms

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 sophisticated (1 of 2)

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 Forms

sophisticatedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for sophisticated (2 of 2)

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

sophistication, nounsophisticator, noun

Word Origin for sophisticate

C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic
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