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

Examples of sophistication in a Sentence

the engine's sophistication requires that all repairs be done by an experienced mechanic
Recent Examples on the Web This mindset is visible in her work, which combines the dramatic silhouettes the event is known for with the type of sophistication that sets her apart from the kitschy costume-like hats the event also attracts. Frances Solá-santiago,, 8 May 2022 Nanomedicine has not reached that level of sophistication yet. Duxin Sun, The Conversation, 4 May 2022 The tailored frock—which is currently available online now—was the epitome of sophistication, featuring a belt that cinched at the waist, floral lace details at the chest, and accentuated shoulder pads. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 27 Apr. 2022 In the 2010s, Tom Davenport popularized the notion of an analytics maturity model, which showed organizations progressing through three levels of sophistication: descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics. Edward Rothberg, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Saffron and suede lend an extra dose of sophistication to the juice. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 20 Apr. 2022 But regardless of size or materials, one thing the new class of tenders has in common is a higher level of sophistication. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2022 Most striking is the sophistication of their dialect. Tim Zimmermann, Outside Online, 30 July 2010 The facilities at Shikhany have traditionally lacked the technical sophistication and safety systems common to industrial chemical plants in the West. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sophistication

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

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“Sophistication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of sophistication

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

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