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Sophisticate   /səfˈɪstəkˌeɪt/  /səfˈɪstəkət/   Listen

(past & past part. sophisticated; pres. part. sophisticating)
Make less natural or innocent.
Practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive.  Synonyms: convolute, pervert, twist, twist around.
Alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive.  Synonyms: doctor, doctor up.
Make more complex or refined.

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"Sophisticate" Quotes from Famous Books

... "as much as we determine our deeds." This is the moral lesson of "Romola." A man has no associate so intimate as his own character, his own career,—his present and his past; and if he builds up his career of timid and base actions, they cling to him like evil companions, to sophisticate, to corrupt, and to damn him. As in Maggie Tulliver we had a picture of the elevation of the moral tone by honesty and generosity, so that when the mind found itself face to face with the need for a strong muscular effort, it was competent to perform it; so in ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866 • Various

... and he put in not only bins, but barrels—chancing a faulty perspective in the hoops. All these things formed a repellent background of chill gray-blue, but they brought out the Squash. It shone. Yes, it shone like a beacon-light calling the weary and sophisticate town-dwellers back to the peace and simplicity of country life. And it was inclosed by four neatly mortised lengths of fencing, lichened and silvered by a half-century, it may be, of weather taken as it was ...
— Under the Skylights • Henry Blake Fuller

... savage state Is only good, and ours sophisticate! See! the free creatures in their woods and plains, Where without laws each happy monarch reigns, King of himself—while we a number dread, By slaves commanded and ...
— Terre Napoleon - A history of French explorations and projects in Australia • Ernest Scott

... it is unsophisticated, it is inexperienced, in many important particulars it is crude. Some of its tastes must necessarily, in our judgment, hark back to the primitive, to the barbaric. Ours is continually the task to civilize, to sophisticate, to refine this raw material. But, unfortunately for us, the effort that we put forth does not always bring results that we can see and weigh and measure. The hopefulness of our material is overshadowed not infrequently by its crudeness. We take each generation as it comes to ...
— Craftsmanship in Teaching • William Chandler Bagley

Words linked to "Sophisticate" :   denote, grownup, stretch, adult, refine, complicate, rarify, cosmopolitan, elaborate, refer, civilize, adulterate, pervert, cultivate, school, educate, dilute, civilise, debase, load, cosmopolite, train, sophistication, slicker

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