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Definition relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
  • She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
  • Her injuries are only superficial.
  • superficial = minor (on the surface)
  • The coaches have superficial similarities, but are very different in their approach.
  • superficial = surface level
  • Her thinking was superficial.
  • superficial = shallow (not deep or penetrating)
  • The burns were only superficial.
  • superficial = on the surface (not deep)
  • Don't let superficial differences blind you to the common source of the problem.
  • superficial = surface (not deep or important)
  • Hurricane damage to the building was only superficial.
  • superficial = minor (on the surface)
  • The report is superficial and inadequate.
  • superficial = surface level (not deep or penetrating)
  • The discourse goes on to condemn the superficiality of materialism...
    Sermon on the Mount - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 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  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • "If there was anything on her side at the time, it was nothing but a superficial attraction," pursued Oblonsky.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • The exercise indeed served to clear away the superficial irritations of the morning, but he remained miserable.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • 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.
  • 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'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
  • superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • superficial = shallow
  • to disregard the superficial for the real, the appearance for the substance,
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • levels of reality ... my superficial eyes and cluttered mind had been blind to before.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
  • Her belly hurt, but those wounds were superficial, little more than scratches.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating

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