A person who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument. Later characterized by Plato as superficial manipulators of rhetoric and dialectic.
Jima seems to think that simply winning is more important than being right. It should come as no surprise, then, that his arguments are those of a sophist.
by SquarePegIX November 11, 2007
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Someone who disregards the truth in favor of looking smart.
Hillary Clinton is a sophist because she went to law school and didn't become a lawyer.
by Ereck Flowers October 11, 2016
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The opposite behavior of 98% of the population below age 21.

Sophistication is a mix of knowing when a joke's over, caring somewhat about the consequences of your actions, talking about something of reasonable importance, having a good dose of common sense, not letting your immediate reactions control your life, knowing how much information is TOO much information, and not wearing wearing your jeans lower than your underwear.
Sophistiated: "Hi, Jenna. It's great to hear from you again! Yes, I'd love to come over for dinner, thanks. 6:30 works perfectly. I'll see you there!"

Unsophisticated. "Oh em gee. JENNA! Wow...like...WOW. I can so so not believe it's you, like, omigosh! Can I like...stop by or something? 'Cause my ex is in town, and he's SOOOOOOOOOO annoying. Like, stalker-ish annoying. It's sort of freaky -- hey, hello?! Like, are you still there?"

Sophisticated e-mail: Ms. Thompson, I will not be in your 4th period history class today because of an illness I've contracted. Can you please send the homework assignment to me? Thanks, Corina.

Unsophisticated e-mail: ummmmmmmmm hi ms t this is corina and im sick so liek i cant come to class and i need the hw k bai
by Just somebody. February 21, 2007
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-sophisticated character, ideas, tastes, or ways as the result of education, worldly experience, etc.: the sophistication of the wealthy.

-change from the natural character or simplicity, or the resulting condition.

-complexity, as in design or organization.

-impairment or debasement, as of purity or genuineness.

-the use of sophistry; a sophism, quibble, or fallacious argument.

(Antonym -simplicity )

"I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence." - Christopher Hampton

"Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle." - Norman Mailer

"Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed -- but never the husband)." - James Thurber
by MissMia January 3, 2010
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attempting to make an idiomatic idea or statement sound or appear intelligent.
Pleats are set into dress pants in order to display the sophistics of elegance.
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Classy sophisticates like me use big words in our sentences. Did I say big? I meant polysyllabic. Polysyllabic!
by Diggity Monkeez January 12, 2005
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The definition of sophisticated is actually knowing your head from your buttocks. It does not require having a brain, for jellyfish seem to get along just right with a minimal amount of sophisticatiton. Even the tiniest rock uses somewhat of an amount of sophistication just to sit quietly (unless thrown or something of the sort) throughout the day.
"The young master was very sophisticated."
by samuchan January 11, 2015
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