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Sophisticate  v. t.  (past & past part. sophisticated; pres. part. sophisticating)  To render worthless by admixture; to adulterate; to damage; to pervert; as, to sophisticate wine. "To sophisticate the understanding." "Yet Butler professes to stick to plain facts, not to sophisticate, not to refine." "They purchase but sophisticated ware."
Synonyms: To adulterate; debase; corrupt; vitiate.

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"Sophisticate" Quotes from Famous Books

... golden buttons, her curiously wrought earrings, and last of all puts on her bewitching girdle, this appears to be an extravagant and idle curiosity, and betrays too much of wantonness, which by no means becomes a married woman. Just so they that sophisticate wine by mixing it with aloes, cinnamon, or saffron bring it to the table like a gorgeous-apparelled woman, and there prostitute it. But those that only take from it what is nasty and no way profitable do only purge it and improve it by their labor. Otherwise you may find fault with ...
— Essays and Miscellanies - The Complete Works Volume 3 • Plutarch

... substantially the same. Egotism, vanity, disappointed ambition, sectional jealousies, a real or supposed interest or expediency induce them to wish that a wrong course were the right one. They try to convince themselves that it is so, and all such efforts to sophisticate the conscience, if persisted in, are punished by entire success. The spectacle does not inspire me with hate; it fills me with wonder and profound melancholy. Do these men think that by altering their opinion of right they can alter the nature of things, or make wrong come out right ...
— The Spirit Proper to the Times. - A Sermon preached in King's Chapel, Boston, Sunday, May 12, 1861. • James Walker

Words linked to "Sophisticate" :   complicate, civilise, civilize, stretch, debase, cosmopolite, refine, doctor up, dilute, load, school, rarify, denote, sophistication, adulterate, adult

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