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Definitions of superficial

  1. involving a surface only; " her beauty is only skin- deep"; " superficial bruising"; " a surface wound"
  2. relating to a surface; " superficial measurements"; " the superficial area of the wall"
  3. 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"
  4. of little substance or significance; " a few superficial editorial changes"; " only trivial objections"
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Pertaining to, or being on, the surface; shallow; lacking depth of understanding; as, a superficial mind.
  8. Superficially.
  9. Superficialness.
  10. 1. On, near, or relating to the surface, sublimis. 2. Cursory, not thorough.
  11. On the surface only.
  12. Pertaining to or being on the surface: shallow: slight: containing only what is apparent and simple: not learned.
  13. SUPERFICIALNESS, SUPERFICIALITY.
  14. Pertaining to, or on, the surface; shallow; slight.
  15. Superficiality.
  16. Pertaining to surface; shallow; hasty; slight.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. On the surface; arteries, veins, etc..
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Quotes of superficial

  1. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative. – William S. Burroughs
  2. The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife. – Will Durant
  3. Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate. – Stanislav Grof
  4. Art cannot result from sophisticated, frivolous, or superficial effects. – Hans Hofmann
  5. There is the glamour side of it, which allows you to meet great variety of people with whom you simply can have a good time, but there's also the sad side of it that drags you into a superficial and artificial world. – Karolina Kurkova
  6. 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
  7. The kinds of shows that seem to work now, the comedy shows, are those which require very little attention. They're superficial and I like articulate comedy. – Mary Tyler Moore
  8. Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities. – Carl Olson
  9. A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. – Thomas Paine
  10. It is the nature of truth in general, as of some ores in particular, to be richest when most superficial – Edgar Allan Poe
  11. Modern American cinema seems to me superficial The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality. – Manuel Puig
  12. It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out between the North and the South. - Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace: but the peace, which they would effect, is superficial false, and temporary. – Gerrit Smith
  13. As we get past our superficial material wants and instant gratification we connect to a deeper part of ourselves, as well as to others, and the universe. – Judith Wright

Usage examples for superficial

  1. The analogy is more superficial than real. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  2. He was to regret this lack of a mere superficial polish that would have cost him nothing. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. Ethel Hillyard, studying them carefully, decided that Leonard was, by comparison, cheap and superficial – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  4. No; nothing recent or superficial – The Place Beyond the Winds by Harriet T. Comstock
  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. 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
  7. You can make a superficial examination, and allow yourself to be deceived. – How to Live a Holy Life by C. E. Orr
  8. " Just a superficial scratch. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. The young person whose education of mind and heart is shallow and superficial who has no definite aim in life, may well fear to submit to the critical tests sure to be applied by such society. – Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls by Helen Ekin Starrett
  10. 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
  11. In France, great events during the remainder of 1588 and the following year, and which are well known even to the most superficial student of history, had much changed the aspect of European affairs. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  12. The teacher's first obstacle lies in the superficial character of the American mind. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  13. Liza gave him a superficial answer, left the hall, and went up- stairs. – A Nobleman's Nest by Ivan Turgenieff
  14. 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
  15. It is a very superficial sincerity even when we actually believe what we profess to believe. – Bunyan Characters First Series by Alexander Whyte
  16. The sterno- hyoid is superficial it covers the sterno- thyroid, which, however, projects a little on its outer side. – Artistic Anatomy of Animals by Édouard Cuyer
  17. The clerks in my office are thoughtless and superficial – The White Chief of the Caffres by A.W. Drayson
  18. The ordinary type of Christian life is contented with a superficial acquaintance with Christ. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  19. It was objected that he was superficial – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  20. 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