So·phis·ti·cate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sophisticated p. pr. & vb. n. Sophisticating.] To render worthless by admixture; to adulterate; to damage; to pervert; as, to sophisticate wine.
To sophisticate the understanding. --Southey.
Yet Butler professes to stick to plain facts, not to sophisticate, not to refine. --M. Arnold.
They purchase but sophisticated ware. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To adulterate; debase; corrupt; vitiate.
So·phis·ti·cate So·phis·ti·ca·ted a. Adulterated; not pure; not genuine.
So truth, while only one supplied the state,
Grew scare and dear, and yet sophisticate. --Dryden.
adj 1: having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and
refinement and savoir faire; "sophisticated young
socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a
sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book" [ant:
2: ahead in development; complex or intricate; "advanced
technology"; "a sophisticated electronic control system"
3: marked by wide-ranging knowledge and appreciation of many
parts of the world arising from urban life and wide
travel; "the sophisticated manners of a true cosmopolite";
"urbane and pliant...he was at ease even in the drawing
rooms of Paris" [syn: urbane]
4: intellectually appealing; "a sophisticated drama"