superficial

[s_ˌuː_p_ə_f_ˈɪ_ʃ_əl], [sˌuːpəfˈɪʃə͡l], [sˌuːpəfˈɪʃə‍l]

Definitions of superficial:

  1.   Superficialness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Being on the surface or exterior part; not penetrating beneath the surface; pert. to surfaces; showy; without substance; not deep or profound; shallow; more showy than real, as acquirements in any branch of knowledge. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3.   Superficiality. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   On the surface; arteries, veins, etc.. – A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  5.   Pertaining to, or on, the surface; shallow; slight. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6.   Pertaining to, or being on, the surface; shallow; lacking depth of understanding; as, a superficial mind. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Being on or pertaining to the surface; not penetrating the substance of a thing; shallow; not deep or profound; reaching and comprehending only what is obvious and apparent. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8.   Superficially. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9.   Pertaining to or being on the surface: shallow: slight: containing only what is apparent and simple: not learned. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10.   SUPERFICIALNESS, SUPERFICIALITY. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Quotes for superficial:

  1. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative. – William S. Burroughs
  2. Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate. – Stanislav Grof
  3. To be content with life or to live merrily, rather all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow. – Georg C. Lichtenberg
  4. Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities. – Carl Olson
  5. A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine

Usage examples for superficial:

  1. “ Liza gave him a superficial answer, left the hall, and went up- stairs. ” – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
  2. “ No; nothing recent or superficial – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  3. It is not difficult to grasp the principle illustrated; we must cultivate a religion with roots, otherwise our experience will be superficial and shallow, and, like the seed in the parable, with no depth of earth, and having little root, will ultimately become dried up. ” – Standards of Life and Service by T. H. Howard
  4. His hands are cut by broken glass, but the hurts are only superficial – Tom Swift among the Fire Fighters or, Battling with Flames from the Air by Victor Appleton
  5. “ Henry rose, and moved by a thought which, like all those of the young king, had two sides, one which seemed superficial the other which was deep, he took Charlotte's hand and red as it was, made as though to raise it to his lips. ” – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  6. “ " Just a superficial scratch. ” – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  7. The worst of my position now is that I excite this superficial interest in many people and a deep friendship in nobody. ” – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  8. He, like Marie, had grasped at once the serious aspect of the situation, whereas the Marquis succeeded only in reaching it with a superficial touch. ” – The Last Hope by Henry Seton Merriman
  9. The analogy is more superficial than real. ” – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  10. He was to regret this lack of a mere superficial polish that would have cost him nothing. ” – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson

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