sophistication

noun
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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The violence in northern Mozambique, close to Tanzania, is mostly confined to remote, rural areas and doesn’t match the reach, ferocity and sophistication of other armed movements on the continent, including al-Shabab and Boko Haram. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Opaque insurgency grinds on in gas-rich Mozambican region," 8 Jan. 2019 The hijacking was notable for the precision and sophistication of the attackers, who clearly had experience with BGP—and a huge amount of patience. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M," 21 Dec. 2018 Everyone seems to love Libra's even with their expensive taste and sophistication. Spoon U, Teen Vogue, "Which Trader Joe's Dip You Should Eat, Based on Your Zodiac Sign," 4 Aug. 2018 Stunning, succulent, easy, elegant—these are but four words to describe that indescribable feeling of sophistication and accomplishment that this short preparation gives you. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Steak au Poivre from Alex Hitz," 3 Jan. 2014 For the ultimate in sophistication, Gundberg suggests matching the color of the grout to the color of your tile—in most cases. Tim Mckeough, ELLE Decor, "Kitchen Tile Shopping Guide," 21 Sep. 2011 The dark counters add a level of sophistication, and the OTTAVA pendant light makes a statement over the island. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 The expectant Duchess of Sussex revealed her baby bump at Princess Eugenie’s wedding this past October in a custom Givenchy coat, and today’s ensemble brought a similar sense of sophistication. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Are Stylishly in Sync for Christmas at Sandringham," 25 Dec. 2018 Intensity: This is an eclectic mix of colors that evokes a sense of strength, power and sophistication, all balanced with black and gold. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "The Pantone Colors Everyone is Obsessed with Now," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sophistication

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

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sophistication

noun
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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