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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Instead, Weiss produced the keyboard clarity and fluidity one has come to expect from him, and considerable harmonic sophistication, as well. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "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, SI.com, "Real Madrid Ushered Into Sudden Chaos After Zidane's Resignation," 31 May 2018 The glamorous and iconoclastic star of Mexican film’s Golden Age was known for her bold style, sophistication, outspoken views, business savvy and independent spirit. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "María Félix is Today's Google Doodle: 5 Things to Know About the Mexican Film Icon," 8 Apr. 2018 My February 2017 Collection was inspired by a nomadic spirit, an exotic sophistication contrasting pure shapes with rustic textures, shades of the desert and burnished gold, and artful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ralph Lauren Orchid-Filled Show Set is Open to the Public," 16 Feb. 2017 Casual Sophistication EKESTAD cabinets in a deep espresso brown lend an air of sophistication, even when your kitchen is overrun by kids. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 First glimpsed in 1918, the doctrine was wielded with shattering effect against the French and British in 1940 and has been applied with mounting sophistication ever since. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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