Origin of sophistication
Examples from the Web for sophistication
His dresses were worn by Hollywood stars and first ladies, emanating glamour and sophistication.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82|Tim Teeman|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This Palmer stands for elegance and sophistication: the embodiment of natural gifts, both athletic and personal.
Jazz is now a codeword for sophistication and classiness, even affluence.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love|Ted Gioia|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And if Tocqueville is right, then Piketty is mistaken, despite the impressive scope and sophistication of his work.
The age of the airplane does not, however, determine the sophistication of the search equipment on board.
Had this sophistication come as an afterthought, born of something that had passed between them?The Vagrant Duke|George Gibbs
Then he recollected his sophistication to say: “Unless its being of that particular shade between brown and red was wrong.”Between The Dark And The Daylight|William Dean Howells
That this was "cuisine of striking richness, refinement, sophistication, and artistry" should not necessarily impress us here.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
When he talks to you, you play up the keen, alert stuff with a dash of sophistication, see?Personality Plus|Edna Ferber
And behind all, there gleams from the whole play a sophistication as deep as the gean.Atlantic Classics, Second Series|Henry C. Merwin
early 15c., "use of sophistry; fallacious argument intended to mislead; adulteration; an adulterated or adulterating substance," from Medieval Latin sophisticationem (nominative sophisticatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sophisticare "adulterate, cheat quibble," from Latin sophisticus "of sophists," from Greek sophistikos "of or pertaining to a sophist," from sophistes "a wise man, master, teacher" (see sophist). Meaning "wordly wisdom, refinement, discrimination" is attested from 1850.