sophistication

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sophistication falsification by the use of sophistry; misleading by means of specious fallacies "he practiced the art of sophistication upon reason"
    • n sophistication the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
    • n sophistication being expert or having knowledge of some technical subject "understanding affine transformations requires considerable mathematical sophistication"
    • n sophistication a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
    • n sophistication uplifting enlightenment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A species of dolphin is born naturally blind in the Indus and Ganges rivers in South Asia. These dolphins have a highly sophisticated sonar system and swim on only one side of their body
    • n Sophistication The act of sophisticating; adulteration; as, the sophistication of drugs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "sophomore" means "sophisticated moron."
    • n sophistication The act or process of sophisticating. The use or application of sophisms; the process of investing with specious fallacies; the art of sophistry.
    • n sophistication The process of perverting or misleading by sophistry; hence, loosely, any perversion or wresting from the proper course; a leading or going astray.
    • n sophistication Adulteration; debasement by meaus of a foreign admixture.
    • n sophistication A sophism; a quibble; a specious fallacy.
    • n sophistication That which is adulterated or not genuine; the product of adulteration.
    • n sophistication A means of adulteration; any substance mixed with another for the purpose of adulteration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant ten-to-one over fresh brewed.
    • ns Sophistication act of sophisticating, adulterating, or injuring by mixture
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Quotations

  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.”
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman%20Mailer
    “Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. sophisticatio, F. sophistication,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sophisme—Gr. sophismasophizein, to make wise—sophos, wise.

Usage

In literature:

The talents of Lord Mansfield can be estimated at best no higher than those of a sophist.
"The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I" by Thomas Paine
Elise Gavard, is the very sophistication of the art of musical ornamentation.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
George Sand was indeed a great sophist.
"Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician" by Frederick Niecks
Like all people who are deep in intrigue themselves, any hint of it in others excited her sophisticated curiosity.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
His hair is iron-gray, but he is, after all, distinguished-looking, and his manners are entirely sophisticated.
"The Whole Family A Novel by Twelve Authors" by William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewart Cutting, Elizabeth Jordan, John Kendrick Bangs, Henry James, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edith Wyatt, Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown, Henry Van Dyke
A remnant of sophistication clung to him and that had spoken.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
Certainly she appeared to be the more sophisticated.
"Constance Dunlap" by Arthur B. Reeve
Which is madder, the Spanish priest who permitted tyranny, or the Prussian sophist who admired it?
"The Ball and The Cross" by G.K. Chesterton
Hodder was astute, he saw into people more than they suspected, but he was not sophisticated.
"The Inside of the Cup, Complete" by Winston Churchill
And the Russian youth are sophisticated to a degree that seems to us almost startling.
"Essays on Russian Novelists" by William Lyon Phelps
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In poetry:

``But when Faith grows a sophist's theme,
And chancels ring with doubt and din,
I sometimes think that they who seem
The most without, are most within.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Late, too, when France, with sophist cunning fraught,
Essay'd that field which force had fail'd to gain,
And proudly question'd, by success untaught,
Britannia's lineal right—her watery reign!
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
Huffer! quoth HUDIBRAS: this sword Shall down thy false throat craw that word.
RALPHO, make haste, and call an officer,
To apprehend this Stygian sophister,
Meanwhile I'll hold 'em at a bay,
Lest he and WHACHUM run away.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto III" by Samuel Butler
His looks would last
at least another ten years. And after that?
Maybe he’ll go back to Sakkas.
Or if the old man has died meanwhile,
he’ll go to another philosopher or sophist:
there’s always someone suitable around.
"From The School Of The Renowned Philosopher" by Constantine P Cavafy
'Perspective betrays with its dichotomy:
train tracks always meet, not here, but only
in the impossible mind's eye;
horizons beat a retreat as we embark
on sophist seas to overtake that mark
where wave pretends to drench real sky.'
"Love Is A Parallax" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Largely because of the dining room, which is sophisticated and low-key but with great buzzy energy.
Smooth and rich, the sophisticated sweetness of dulce de leche ice cream is a delicious treat.
Whether pulled back or left loose, spring's hair gets sophisticated thanks to a deep side part.
Important tips for two year degree arise due to regulatory literature as PCa patients treated more sophisticated is strictures of the urethral strictures underwent treated by a the tail is scientific papers.
Mentholatum updates the look of its Softlips brand of lip balm s to appeal to a more contemporary and sophisticated female consumer, trending toward natural expression.
Due to this feature, we have to deal with two conflicting needs: on the one hand, we would like to query the knowledge base with sophisticated mechanisms provided by full first-order logic (FOL).
For fall-winter 2013, designers at Fashion Rio deliver light, low-key sophistication.
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Do you know people so sophisticated they won't admit to loving macaroni and cheese .
He's sophisticated and possessed of a sweet nature, with a quiet, watchful manner and large, wounded hound-dog eyes.
The sophisticated flavors of this lovely scallop starter will surely impress your guests.
The Turkish way with bulgur takes the whole grain to a sophisticated new level.
Off-set, he keeps things a bit more sophisticated.
Memorial's operating room can morph into sophisticated heart lab when necessary.
Intelligence reports find that al Qaeda may be using the region to launch more sophisticated terror attacks.
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In science:

While the available sophisticated approaches can describe the data, they do so with very different equivalent parameters within the same basic physical picture, and even alternative ideas about the underlying physics can provide an adequate description .
Experimental Studies of Hadronization and Parton Propagation in the Space-Time Domain
Although more sophisticated models for µi exist [54, 58, 74], this approach at least qualitatively captures the effects of volume constraints with only one additional parameter a.
Strongly nonlinear dynamics of electrolytes in large ac voltages
We thus propose a logical algebra that is capable of expressing sophisticated tasks for data analysis and discovering socially and semantically relevant results.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
Advanced Binary Operators Next, we introduce more sophisticated binary operators.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
This construction is in the manner of graphical constructions for models such as the voter model (see, e.g., [115] or Theorem 5.3 in these notes), and serves as a model for the more sophisticated future constructions of particle systems based on Fleming-Viot processes.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
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