1. (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.
  2. pleasing or satisfactory to the tastes of sophisticates, or people who are educated, cultured, and worldly-wise: sophisticated music.
  3. deceptive; misleading.
  4. complex or intricate, as a system, process, piece of machinery, or the like: a sophisticated electronic control system.
  5. 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
Related formsso·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverbhy·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjectivehy·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjectivesu·per·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjectiveul·tra·so·phis·ti·cat·ed, adjectiveul·tra·so·phis·ti·cat·ed·ly, adverb

Synonyms for sophisticated

Antonyms for sophisticated

1. naive. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sophisticatedly

Historical Examples of sophisticatedly

  • They were skimming along those green-shaded drives that are so sophisticatedly sylvan.

    Fanny Herself

    Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for sophisticatedly


  1. having refined or cultured tastes and habits
  2. appealing to sophisticatesa sophisticated restaurant
  3. unduly refined or cultured
  4. pretentiously or superficially wise
  5. (of machines, methods, etc) complex and refined
Derived Formssophisticatedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sophisticatedly



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.

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