adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin sophisticatus Date: 1601 1. deprived of native or original simplicity: as a. highly complicated or developed ; complex <
sophisticated electronic devices
b. having a refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience <
a sophisticated lady
2. devoid of grossness: as a. finely experienced and aware <
a sophisticated columnist
b. intellectually appealing <
a sophisticated novel
sophisticatedly adverb Synonyms: sophisticated, worldly-wise, blasé 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
. 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
. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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