- a sophisticated person.
- to make less natural, simple, or ingenuous; make worldly-wise.
- to alter; pervert: to sophisticate a meaning beyond recognition.
- to use sophistry; quibble.
Origin of sophisticate
Related Words for sophisticatingcorrupt, 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
- (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
- a sophisticated person
Word Origin for sophisticate
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.