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sophisticated

adjective

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1 having a wide and refined knowledge of the world especially from personal experience
  • a surprisingly sophisticated and widely traveled child

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2 having many parts or aspects that are usually interrelated
  • a very sophisticated machine that is a marvel of modern design

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4 made or done with great care or with much detail
  • a sophisticated plan for totally redesigning the city's complicated traffic patterns

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sophisticated

verb
past tense of sophisticate

Synonyms & Antonyms of sophisticated (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make complex or difficult
  • there's no need to sophisticate something that is beautiful in its simplicity

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2 to alter (something) for the worse with the addition of foreign or lower-grade substances
  • vanilla extract that has been sophisticated with corn syrup

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How does the adjective sophisticated differ from other similar words?

The words blasé and worldly-wise are common synonyms of sophisticated. While all three words mean "experienced in the ways of the world," sophisticated often implies refinement, urbanity, cleverness, and cultivation.

guests at her salon were usually rich and sophisticated

When might blasé be a better fit than sophisticated?

The meanings of blasé and sophisticated largely overlap; however, blasé implies a lack of responsiveness to common joys as a result of a real or affected surfeit of experience and cultivation.

blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere

In what contexts can worldly-wise take the place of sophisticated?

Although the words worldly-wise and sophisticated have much in common, worldly-wise suggests a close and practical knowledge of the affairs and manners of society and an inclination toward materialism.

a worldly-wise woman with a philosophy of personal independence

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The first known use of sophisticated was in 1601

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“Sophisticated.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sophisticated. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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