so·​phis·​ti·​ca·​tion | \ sə-ˌfi-stə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce sophistication (audio) \

Definition of sophistication

1a : the use of sophistry : sophistic reasoning
2 : the process or result of becoming cultured, knowledgeable, or disillusioned especially : cultivation, urbanity
3 : the process or result of becoming more complex, developed, or subtle

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Examples of sophistication in a Sentence

the engine's sophistication requires that all repairs be done by an experienced mechanic

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And a lot of them are small jurisdictions that don't have a lot of technological investment and sophistication. CBS News, "Transcript: Chris Krebs talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 26 June 2019 The look combined flare with sophistication and was a quick favorite of the evening. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Imaan Hammam's Met Gala 2019 Makeup Look," 7 May 2019 Collectively, honeybees are able to achieve an incredible level of sophistication, especially considering their brains are only the size of sesame seeds. National Geographic, "How honeybees get their jobs—explained," 22 Mar. 2019 As the sophistication of seismic instruments and computing develops in the future, scientists will be able to add more detail to the 660-km boundary map. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seismologists Discover Mountain Ranges 410 Miles Below Earth’s Surface," 19 Feb. 2019 This would become a clear calling: To force others to see Charlotte, and by extension the South, as a place of deep-seated style and sophistication. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Who sets Charlotte’s high-fashion agenda? This woman – and it’s been a 20-year mission | Charlotte Observer," 3 May 2018 Thanks to the advent of the Internet with its warren of chat rooms, anonymous websites and Facebook comments and the increased sophistication of cellphones, bullies have a whole host of newer and subtler ways to torment their victims. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Anti-Bullying Week: The Conversation Parents Need To Have," 16 Nov. 2011 Instead, Weiss produced the keyboard clarity and fluidity one has come to expect from him, and considerable harmonic sophistication, as well. Howard Reich,, "Pianist Michael Weiss evokes memories of Johnny Griffin," 22 June 2018 There often seemed to be little tactical sophistication, no philosophy to speak of, but again and again Madrid was good enough. Jonathan Wilson,, "Real Madrid Ushered Into Sudden Chaos After Zidane's Resignation," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of sophistication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sophistication was in the 15th century

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so·​phis·​ti·​ca·​tion | \ sə-ˌfis-tə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce sophistication (audio) \

Medical Definition of sophistication

: the process or result of making impure or weak : adulteration sophistication of a drug

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