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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

... humourist: half the explosions which are solemnly scolded as "one-sided" were simply meant to be one-sided, were mere laughing experiments in language. Like a woman, he saw the humour of his own prejudices, did not sophisticate them by logic, but deliberately exaggerated them by rhetoric. One tenth of his paradoxes would have made the fortune of a modern young man with gloves of an art yellow. He was as fond of nonsense as Mr. Max Beerbohm. Only ... he was fond of other things too. He did not ...
— Varied Types • G. K. Chesterton

... careful and subterranean silence and concealment which seem to conspire to resist all legal inspection. To evade or baulk investigation while causing pain in order to exploit it, to jeer at the humane shudder of the layman, to utilize feeble-minded paupers and friendless young children, to sophisticate a too credulous public with an austere formula as to the sacred secrecy of the laboratory—all this is an attempted HYPNOSIS of critics who really want to be fair, but who as citizens insists upon the right to know ...
— An Ethical Problem - Or, Sidelights upon Scientific Experimentation on Man and Animals • Albert Leffingwell

... like you, I shall shew how ye shall know and prove, to the end that ye shall not be deceived. First ye shall well know, that the natural balm is full clear, and of citron colour and strongly smelling; and if it be thick, or red or black, it is sophisticate, that is to say, counterfeited and made like it for deceit. And understand, that if ye will put a little balm in the palm of your hand against the sun, if it be fine and good, ye ne shall not suffer ...
— The Travels of Sir John Mandeville • Author Unknown

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

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