- (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
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1. worldly, cosmopolitan, experienced, cultivated.
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Examples from the Web for sophisticatedly
They were skimming along those green-shaded drives that are so sophisticatedly sylvan.Fanny Herself
- 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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper