Meaning of sophistication


Sophistication is the quality that belongs to a person who appears wise and glamorous. Sipping tea and appreciating opera are both stereotypical signs of sophistication.

The noun sophistication can also be used in a slightly different way, to describe a deep understanding, or an almost enlightened state. Before the 1800s, sophistication meant “the use of sophistry,” or using mistaken or deceitful arguments, although the root word for both sophistication and “sophistry” is the Greek sophistes, or “wise man.”

Definitions of sophistication
  1. noun

    the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment


    mundaneness, mundanity, worldliness

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    naiveness, naivete, naivety

    lack of sophistication or worldliness
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

  2. noun

    falsification by the use of sophistry; misleading by means of specious fallacies

    “he practiced the art of
    sophistication upon reason”
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    falsehood, falsification

    the act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting

  3. noun

    a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone


    sophism, sophistry

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    fallacy, false belief

    a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

  4. noun

    uplifting enlightenment



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    disenchantment, disillusion, disillusionment

    freedom from false belief or illusions
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    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

  5. noun

    being expert or having knowledge of some technical subject

    “understanding affine transformations requires considerable mathematical
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    expertise, expertness

    skillfulness by virtue of possessing special knowledge

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