Definitions for: Superficial


[adj] involving a surface only; "her beauty is only skin-deep"; "superficial bruising"; "a surface wound"
[adj] being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
[adj] of little substance or significance; "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"
[adj] relating to a surface; "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"



Webster (1913) Definition: Su`per*fi"cial, a. [L. superficialis: cf. F.
superficiel. See Superficies.]
1. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on
the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a
superficial covering; superficial measure or contents;
superficial tillage.

2. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or
apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said
especially in respect to study, learning, and the like;
as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge.

This superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy
praise. --Shak.

He is a presumptuous and superficial writer.
--Burke.

That superficial judgment, which happens to be right
without deserving to be so. --J. H.
Newman.
-- Su`per*fi"cial*ly, adv. -- Su`per*fi"cial*ness, n.

Synonyms: apparent(a), dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish, facile, glib, insignificant, looking, ostensible, seeming(a), shallow, skin-deep, sounding, surface(a), trivial, unimportant

Antonyms: profound

See Also: careless, frivolous, outward

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