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[noun, adjective suh-fis-ti-kit, -keyt; verb suh-fis-ti-keyt]
  1. a sophisticated person.
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  1. sophisticated.
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verb (used with object), so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
  2. to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
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verb (used without object), so·phis·ti·cat·ed, so·phis·ti·cat·ing.
  1. to use sophistry; quibble.
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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
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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Related Words for sophisticating

corrupt, degrade, pollute, load, shave, dilute, mingle, lace, defile, impair, transfuse, weaken, cut, debase, doctor, irrigate, commingle, mix, intermix, vitiate

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Historical Examples of sophisticating

  • In 1731 an Act has been passed prescribing a penalty for sophisticating tea.

    The Sanitary Evolution of London

    Henry Lorenzo Jephson

British Dictionary definitions for sophisticating


verb (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt)
  1. (tr) to make (someone) less natural or innocent, as by education
  2. to pervert or corrupt (an argument, etc) by sophistry
  3. (tr) to make more complex or refined
  4. rare to falsify (a text, etc) by alterations
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noun (səˈfɪstɪˌkeɪt, -kɪt)
  1. a sophisticated person
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Derived Formssophistication, nounsophisticator, noun

Word Origin for sophisticate

C14: from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, from Latin sophisticus sophistic
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Word Origin and History for sophisticating



c.1400, "make impure by admixture," from Medieval Latin sophisticatus, past participle of sophisticare (see sophistication). From c.1600 as "corrupt, delude by sophistry;" from 1796 as "deprive of simplicity." Related: Sophisticated; sophisticating. As a noun meaning "sophisticated person" from 1921.

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