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Sophistication vs. Elegance — What's the Difference?

Sophistication vs. Elegance — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Sophistication and Elegance

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Sophistication

Sophistication has come to mean a few things, but its original uses were a pejorative, derived from sophist, and included the idea of admixture or adulteration. Today, as researched by Faye Hammill, it is common as a measure of refinement—displaying good taste, wisdom and subtlety rather than crudeness, stupidity and vulgarity.
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Elegance

Elegance is beauty that shows unusual effectiveness and simplicity. Elegance is frequently used as a standard of tastefulness, particularly in visual design, decorative arts, literature, science, and the aesthetics of mathematics.
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Sophistication

To cause to become less natural, especially to make less naive and more worldly
Travel tends to sophisticate a person.
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Elegance

The quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner
A slender woman with grace and elegance
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Sophistication

To make more complex or refined
Sophisticated the theory to take criticism into account.
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Elegance

The quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness
The simplicity and elegance of the solution
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Sophistication

To mislead or corrupt (a person).
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Elegance

Refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.
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Sophistication

To make impure; adulterate.
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Elegance

Tasteful opulence in form, decoration, or presentation.
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Sophistication

To use sophistry.
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Elegance

Restraint and grace of style.
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Sophistication

A sophisticated person.
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Elegance

Scientific exactness and precision.
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Sophistication

Enlightenment or education.
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Elegance

Something elegant.
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Sophistication

Cultivated intellectual worldliness; savoir-faire.
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Elegance

Grace, refinement, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners.
The bride was elegance personified.
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Sophistication

Deceptive logic; sophistry.
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Elegance

Restraint and grace of style.
The simple dress had a quiet elegance.
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Sophistication

Falsification or contamination.
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Elegance

The beauty of an idea characterized by minimalism and intuitiveness while preserving exactness and precision.
The proof of the theorem had a pleasing elegance.
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Sophistication

Complexity.
The police force were unable to deal with the sophistication of the criminal network.
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Elegance

A refinement or luxury.
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Sophistication

Ability to deal with complexity.
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Elegance

The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; - said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc.
That grace that elegance affords.
The endearing elegance of female friendship.
A trait of native elegance, seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers.
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Sophistication

(archaic) The act of sophisticating; adulteration.
The sophistication of drugs
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Elegance

That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive.
The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art.
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Sophistication

The act of sophisticating; adulteration; as, the sophistication of drugs.
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Elegance

A refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
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Sophistication

Uplifting enlightenment
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Sophistication

A deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
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Sophistication

Being expert or having knowledge of some technical subject;
Understanding affine transformations requires considerable mathematical sophistication
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Sophistication

The quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
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Sophistication

Falsification by the use of sophistry; misleading by means of specious fallacies;
He practiced the art of sophistication upon reason
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