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She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
  relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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superficial superficially superficiality
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  • She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
  • Her injuries are only superficial.
  • his thinking was superficial and fuzzy
  • only superficial differences

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  • The coaches have superficial similarities, but...
  • The discourse goes on to condemn the superficiality of materialism...
    Sermon on the Mount - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • On the other hand, adherents of other religions often claim that the New Age movement has a vague or superficial understanding of these religious concepts, leaving out that which may seem "negative" or contradict contemporary Western values...
    New Age - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • the superficial report didn’t give the true picture
  • "If there was anything on her side at the time, it was nothing but a superficial attraction," pursued Oblonsky.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • a superficial mind

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  • The exercise indeed served to clear away the superficial irritations of the morning, but he remained miserable.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • He began to wonder whether he had anything more than a superficial cleverness of the hand which enabled him to copy objects with accuracy.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I became weary of the poets, of the old and of the new: superficial are they all unto me, and shallow seas.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • 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.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  • "We’ve given you everything you want, Brittany," my mother says. "A new car, designer clothes    "
    My patience snaps. "That’s totally superficial, Mom. Sure, on the outside everyone sees you guys as successful, but as parents you really suck."
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • only superficial damage to the infrastructure
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The movement became regular while the chant lost its first superficial excitement and began to beat like a steady pulse.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ...we live a closed, hard existence of the utmost superficiality,  and rarely does an incident strike out a spark.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I don’t know that I’d call Mr. Dunlap "just fine," no matter how superficial his injuries.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • levels of reality ... my superficial eyes and cluttered mind had been blind to before.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I remembered my father and his scorn of superficial snobbery.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • ...he seemed, from our superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • He now proposed ... certain matters which, on a superficial view, might seem foreign to the case, but actually were highly relevant.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Superficially the request was casual, but there was something in his eyes which made me agree without hesitation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Multiple superficial wounds of the left and right thigh and left and right knee and right foot.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • to disregard the superficial for the real, the appearance for the substance,
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Their children resembled mine in all ways except the superficial one of skin color,
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Roscoe Campbell, owner and editor of the Telegrapher, encouraged Adam’s father to go beyond the superficial aspects of stories, to find the meanings below the surfaces, to root out what might be hidden or not apparent to the casual reader.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • "Oh, no," hastily replied her husband; "this is merely superficial.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • Yet in their heart of hearts they are—how superficial!
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not because he was going to leave the city, but because any outside attitude on the situation seemed superficial.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • And that’s not just a superficial guarantee, it’s a real one and it’s binding.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • A very superficial, ignorant, unweighing fellow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • His masters considered him idle, unreliable and superficially clever.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Her belly hurt, but those wounds were superficial, little more than scratches.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • They worried about the superficial swaying citizens on a jury.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • not the superficial cynicism that snarls and sneers, but the cynicism that can go with courtesy and tenderness
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • I lived at West Egg, the — well, the less fashionable of the two, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Their names will seem bizarre and unfamiliar to Western ears, and the topography of their world is superficially so odd that a rather fuller explanation seems necessary.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Or the woman’s—the charitable socialite, nobly donating her car to the cause for the day, seeing beyond superficial details like paint to seek justice, sisterhood, unity?
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • She and Colin remained friendly, but it was all so superficial, and Colin felt like they ought to be talking about the big issues of mattering and love and capital-t Truth and Alpo, but they only talked about the mundane business of taking oral histories.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "It’s superficial," Ringer tells me.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Eamon Bailey, standing next to him in the painting, seemed utterly at peace, joyful even, in the presence of these men, both of whom were, at least superficially, diametrically opposed to his values.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Though in a million superficial ways it would be identical to the day before—the same breeze would blow and the same tree limbs would fall—my experience of it would be new So would the peculiar children’s.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • What was surprising, however, was how superficial, insubstantial, and uninterested the court’s two-and-a-half-page order read.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It was becoming harder and harder to convince himself that his father was fine, that the bullet wound was only superficial.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Any marriage bond would be too superficial, too transient.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She’s OK but I get the impression she thinks I am a bit on the superficial side.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • And often when she heard herself speaking she was appalled at how chirpy she sounded—how empty-headed and superficial, as if she’d somehow fallen into the Mom role in some shallow TV sitcom.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
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