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ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əlsu·per·fi·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superficial(adj)

    concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; 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"

  2. superficial(adj)

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

    "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"

  3. superficial, trivial(adj)

    of little substance or significance

    "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"

Wiktionary

  1. superficial(Noun)

    A surface detail.

    He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.

  2. superficial(Adjective)

    Shallow, lacking substance.

  3. superficial(Adjective)

    At face value.

  4. superficial(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the surface.

  5. superficial(Adjective)

    Being near the surface.

  6. superficial(Adjective)

    Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superficial(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See Superficies.]

  2. Superficial(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See Superficies.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superficial in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superficial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of superficial in a Sentence

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.:

    We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

  2. Phanice Lijodi:

    Superficial.ism is a religion. It's simply hypocrisy...

  3. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.

  4. Ross Perot:

    Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.

  5. Jennifer Siebel-Newsom:

    Frankly, I think red carpet correspondents avoid asking female talent big questions about racial and gender diversity in Hollywood because we’ve come to accept a superficial status quo from the entertainment and media industries, the more people who call out these stereotypes through actions like #AskHerMore, the sooner we can achieve parity and a healthier culture.

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