sophomore

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From earlier sophumer, from the obsolete sophom (sophism or dialectical exercise), likely influenced by Ancient Greek σοφός (sophos, wise) + μωρός (mōros, fool). Compare oxymoron (literally sharp-dull), a similar contradiction.

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sophomore (not comparable)

  1. (US) The second in a series, especially, the second of an artist’s albums or the second of four years in a high school (tenth grade) or university.
    The band’s sophomore album built upon the success of their debut release, catapulting them to megastardom.

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sophomore (plural sophomores)

  1. (US) A second-year undergraduate student in a college or university, or a second-year student in a four-year secondary school or high school.
    She was very mature for a sophomore and had several friends who were juniors or even seniors.
  2. (US, horse-racing) A three year old horse.
    The filly had looked promising as a sophomore, but concerns over her health had prompted the owner to pull her from the season’s early races.

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