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SUPERFICIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does superficial mean? 

SUPERFICIAL (adjective)
  The adjective SUPERFICIAL has 4 senses:

1. being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually
2. relating to a surface
3. of little substance or significance
4. involving a surface only

  Familiarity information: SUPERFICIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUPERFICIAL (adjective)


Sense 1superficial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

Context examples:

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

Similar:

shallow (lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious)

looking; sounding (appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms)

glib (marked by lack of intellectual depth)

facile (arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth)

dilettante; dilettanteish; dilettantish; sciolistic (showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish)

apparent; ostensible; seeming (appearing as such but not necessarily so)

Also:

outward (relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind)

careless (marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful)

frivolous (not serious in content or attitude or behavior)

Antonym:

profound (showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths; from the depths of your being)


Sense 2superficial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to a surface

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

superficial measurements / the superficial area of the wall

Pertainym:

surface (the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object)


Sense 3superficial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of little substance or significance

Synonyms:

superficial; trivial

Context examples:

a few superficial editorial changes / only trivial objections

Similar:

insignificant; unimportant (not important or noteworthy)


Sense 4superficial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving a surface only

Synonyms:

skin-deep; surface; superficial

Context examples:

her beauty is only skin-deep / superficial bruising / a surface wound

Similar:

shallow (not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply)


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