Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly.
  • transitive v. To make impure; adulterate.
  • transitive v. To make more complex or inclusive; refine.
  • intransitive v. To use sophistry.
  • n. A sophisticated person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A worldly-wise person
  • v. To make less natural or innocent
  • v. To practice sophistry; change the meaning of, or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  • v. To alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
  • v. To make more complex or refined
  • adj. Adulterated; not pure; not genuine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Adulterated; not pure; not genuine.
  • transitive v. To render worthless by admixture; to adulterate; to damage; to pervert.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make sophistical; involve in sophistry; clothe or obscure with fallacies; falsify.
  • To overcome or delude by sophistry; hence, to pervert; mislead.
  • To adulterate; render impure by admixture.
  • To deprive of simplicity; subject to the methods or influence of art.
  • To alter without authority and without notice, whether to deceive the reader or hearer, or to make a fancied improvement or correction; alter, as a text or the spelling of a word, in order to support a preconceived opinion of what it was or should be.
  • To use sophistry; deal sophistically.
  • Perverted; corrupt.
  • Adulterated; impure; hence, not genuine; spurious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
  • v. practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
  • v. make more complex or refined
  • v. make less natural or innocent
  • n. a worldly-wise person

Etymologies

Middle English sophisticaten, to adulterate, from Medieval Latin sophisticāre, sophisticāt-, from Latin sophisticus, sophistic, from Greek sophistikos, from sophistēs, sophist; see sophist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • First ye shall well know, that the natural balm is full clear, and of citron colour and strongly smelling; and if it be thick, or red or black, it is sophisticate, that is to say, counterfeited and made like it for deceit.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • First zee schulle wel knowe, that the naturelle bawme is fulle cleer, and of cytrine colour, and stronge smellynge; and zif it be thykke, or reed or blak, it is sophisticate, that is to seyne, contrefeted and made lyke it, for disceyt.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Or put a drop of balm in clear water in a cup of silver or in a clear basin, stir it well with the clear water; and if the balm be fine and of his own kind, the water shall never trouble; and if the balm be sophisticate, that is to say counterfeited, the water shall become anon trouble; and also if the balm be fine it shall fall to the bottom of the vessel, as though it were quicksilver, for the fine balm is more heavy twice than is the balm that is sophisticate and counterfeited.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Or put a drope of bawme in clere watre, in a cuppe of sylver or in a clere bacyn, and stere it wel with the clere watre; and zif that the bawme be fyn and of his owne kynde, the watre schalle nevre trouble: and zif the bawme be sophisticate, that is to seyne countrefeted, the watre schalle become anon trouble: And also zif the bawme be fyn, it schalle falle to the botome of the vesselle, as thoughe it were Quyksylver: For the fyn bawme is more hevy twyes, than is the bawme that is sophisticate and countrefeted.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • One word that I find particularly fascinating is the word 'sophisticate'.

    Tim Hanni: Pervsion, Corruption and Wine Appreciation

  • Anyone besides me feeling a little more like a 'sophisticate' today?

    Tim Hanni: Pervsion, Corruption and Wine Appreciation

  • As for my use of the word "sophisticate", yes, it should have been in scare quotes, and yes, it's "sophisticated" based on wildly outdated notions.

    "If I were sitting in a Tube train and all the people opposite me were reading 'Mein Kampf' with obvious enjoyment and approval..."

  • Instead of being a martini drinking cultured kind of sophisticate, he's the sort of intellectual college professor James Bond.

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  • According to chief technology officer Will Gaddy, some of the "super-resolution" technology the company developed, such as sophisticate motion estimation algorithms, is also applicable to creating

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  • But that takes a level of charity and civility that none of us pundits / producers of art / "sophisticate" consumers really seem to have the patience for (I don't have it).

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