so·​phis·​ti·​ca·​tion sə-ˌfi-stə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce sophistication (audio)
: the use of sophistry : sophistic reasoning
: the process or result of becoming cultured, knowledgeable, or disillusioned
especially : cultivation, urbanity
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sophistication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


so·​phis·​ti·​ca·​tion sə-ˌfis-tə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce sophistication (audio)
: the process or result of making impure or weak : adulteration
sophistication of a drug

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