Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing much worldly knowledge or cultural refinement.
  • adjective Very complex or complicated.
  • adjective Suitable for or appealing to the tastes of sophisticates.

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  • adjective Having obtained worldly experience, and lacking naiveté; cosmopolitan.
  • adjective Elegant, refined.
  • adjective Complicated, especially of complex technology.
  • adjective Appealing to the tastes of an intellectual; cerebral.
  • adjective obsolete, UK Dishonest or misleading.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of sophisticate.

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

  • adjective ahead in development; complex or intricate
  • adjective having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
  • adjective intellectually appealing

Etymologies

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First English usage circa 1601. Medieval Latin sophisticatus.

Examples

  • They gutted the house in order to create what they describe as a sophisticated cottage with a European feeling.

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  • They gutted the house in order to create what they describe as a sophisticated cottage with a European feeling.

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  • Now that's what I call sophisticated argumentation!

    Human Coprophagia Everlasting- the Obama Era

  • The Spruce Pine-related losses follow North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's June uncovering of what he described as a sophisticated real estate fraud involving a planned community, the Village of Penland, in the western part of the state.

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  • He talked ant what he called the sophisticated design.

    CNN Transcript Aug 11, 2006

  • Mr. Tobok could not say for sure that the attacks, which he described as sophisticated, and which appeared to originate from Chinese computers, were in fact sanctioned by China's government.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • "It started here, absolutely," said Sir Brian Urquhart, a nonagenarian former under secretary general, recalling the birth of what he described as a sophisticated if entangled plan.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Mr. Tobok could not say for sure that the attacks, which he described as sophisticated, and which appeared to originate from Chinese computers, were in fact sanctioned by China's government.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • We had a good moan at the supplier and the problem seems to have gone away ... now that's what you call sophisticated quality control Interested in this topic?

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  • We had a good moan at the supplier and the problem seems to have gone away ... now that's what you call sophisticated quality control Interested in this topic?

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  • In rare and antique books, this refers to a volume on which repairs have been made that involve additions to the original--for example, missing chips of paper are filled in and colored to match the missing portion, or page corners are replaced with new paper.

    February 22, 2007

  • The Sophisticated Song. (if at work, use headphones)

    July 15, 2009

  • Blahaha! Thanks!

    July 15, 2009