Definition of sophomoric in English:



  • 1Relating to or characteristic of a sophomore.

    ‘my sophomoric years’
    • ‘This is more like what I would expect in high school by a sophomoric student.-’
    1. 1.1 Pretentious or juvenile.
      ‘sophomoric double entendres’
      • ‘I'm not going to be sophomoric enough to stand here and try to say something about what I think happiness is, but there is one aspect of happiness that's been well studied, and it's the notion of flow.’
      • ‘Some skeptic whose sophomoric speculations rise to the level of scholarship by virtue of his Harvard Divinity School degree makes the startling suggestion that the apostles might have been lying.’
      • ‘If other juvenile comedies are sophomoric, Deuce is junior high at best.’
      • ‘However, I forgive him this sophomoric passage because its empty hatred was so obviously feigned after the event, and because it describes me as five years younger than I am.’
      • ‘Sure, Lov and O'Halloran's lyrics veer dangerously close to sophomoric, overblown, teen poetry, but really, what lyrics don't?’
      • ‘With little to occupy their inner lives, they settle on sophomoric backbiting and relentless self-aggrandisement as the closest achievable thing to an actually mature expression of emotion or contact between two human beings.’
      • ‘He sometimes strains for literary effect - and his habit of recounting his numerous affairs and near-affairs is sophomoric.’
      • ‘So she hyperventilated last May, fanning the embers of a sophomoric blog into a scoop and trumpeting her own role as star-finder in the process.’
      • ‘They're too tongue-in-cheek, too savvy and intelligent to be discounted as amateurs, yet sophomoric enough to not buckle to pretentiousness and delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘But he's a sophomore and, what's more, sophomoric in thinking that this qualifies as a grand revolution instead of a thinly veiled stab at novelty.’
      • ‘On the sophomoric Fear Factor, players push their limits by eating worms and beetles, letting rats crawl over them, or rappelling off 12-story buildings.’
      • ‘It’ s all so revealing, inviting, seductive, sophomoric, pretentious - so desirable.’
      • ‘So don't let the sophomoric philosophical debating points of Leftists embarrass you into abandoning talk of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.’
      • ‘I understand some may find this kind of stance offensive, or sophomoric.’
      • ‘Such insipid, sophomoric rhetoric is best left in the empty heads that created it.’
      • ‘Could it be that behind the sophomoric, mischievous, dismissive, even nihilistic style, Vice is the voice of a twenty-something generation clearing the decks for a new aesthetic?’
      • ‘It was deep without being pretentious, silly without being sophomoric and improvisatory without being abstruse: in other words, perfect Fringe fare.’
      • ‘It happens to be yoked with some sophomoric images of violence that a lot of us wish weren't there.’
      • ‘Other times the product is sophomoric and snarky, lacking in any serious analysis.’
      • ‘Roger Ebert dissented, arguing that the problem with the movie was ‘a story that's marred by sophomoric satire and cheap shots.’’
      affected, ostentatious, chichi, showy, flashy, tinselly, conspicuous, flaunty, tasteless, kitschy
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