character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.:
the sophistication of the wealthy.
change from the natural character or simplicity, or the resulting condition.
complexity, as in design or organization.
impairment or debasement, as of purity or genuineness.
the use of ; a sophism, quibble, or fallacious argument.
Mary’s stubbornness is matched only by her sophistication, her boldness by her elegance.
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We were greatly impressed with the quality, sophistication, and wide range of topics we received from every country in South Asia.
Newsweek & The Daily Beast–Open Hands Prize Winner June 20, 2012
All in all, manipulation more impressive in its nakedness than in its sophistication—or, ultimately, its effectiveness.
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The age of the airplane does not, however, determine the sophistication of the search equipment on board.
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This Palmer stands for elegance and sophistication: the embodiment of natural gifts, both athletic and personal.
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The haunting beauty of Mr. de la Mare’s delicate art springs from an ear of superlative tenderness and sophistication.
Shandygaff Christopher Morley
With all her sophistication, Tillie was vastly ignorant of life.
K Mary Roberts Rinehart
His sophistication was all gone; he was just a small boy, heartily ashamed of himself and ready to cry.
The Plastic Age Percy Marks
Her expression, her voice, her lack of sophistication, all had the limpidity of water.
The Dust Flower Basil King
He had a very distinguished talent, but he was too distinctly clever—clever to the point of sophistication.
French Art W. C. Brownell
early 15c., “use of sophistry; fallacious argument intended to mislead; adulteration; an adulterated or adulterating substance,” from Medieval Latin sophisticationem (nominative sophisticatio), noun of action from past participle stem of sophisticare “adulterate, cheat quibble,” from Latin sophisticus “of sophists,” from Greek sophistikos “of or pertaining to a sophist,” from sophistes “a wise man, master, teacher” (see sophist). Meaning “wordly wisdom, refinement, discrimination” is attested from 1850.
a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning. a false argument; sophism. Contemporary Examples One of the arguments for intervention arising from the Syria strikes relies on a bit of sophistry. What Israel’s Attack Doesn’t Mean For American Intervention In Syria Ali Gharib May 5, 2013 No amount of rouge will ever […]
causing or tending to cause sleep. pertaining to or characterized by sleep or sleepiness; sleepy; drowsy. something that causes sleep, as a medicine or drug. Contemporary Examples Yet Diana, with its soporific romance and awful dialogue, is a colossal bore. Princess Diana Was the Girlfriend From Hell. Why Is This Movie So Boring? Tina Brown […]
(before the revolution) any governmental council. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet. any similar council or assembly connected with a […]
a kingdom in SW Europe. Including the Balearic and Canary islands, 194,988 sq. mi. (505,019 sq. km). Capital: Madrid. Contemporary Examples There was the train attack in Spain in 2003, and then the London subway bombings in 2005. How U.S. Cities Can Protect Themselves Against Bombing Attacks Michael O’Hanlon April 16, 2013 Last weekend politicians […]