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superficial
used in Middlemarch

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relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
  • "My judgment was a very superficial one—such as I am capable of forming," she answered, with a prompt resentment, that needed no rehearsal.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (77% in)
  • ...to meet with this rare combination of elements both solid and attractive, adapted to supply aid in graver labors and to cast a charm over vacant hours; and but for the event of my introduction to you (which, let me again say, I trust not to be superficially coincident with foreshadowing needs, but providentially related thereto as stages towards the completion of a life's plan), I should presumably have gone on to the last without any attempt to lighten my solitariness by a matrimonial...
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (32% in)
  • Less superficial reasoners among them wished to know who his father and grandfather were, observing that five-and-twenty years ago nobody had ever heard of a Bulstrode in Middlemarch.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (1% in)
  • He was a vigorous animal with a ready understanding, but no spark had yet kindled in him an intellectual passion; knowledge seemed to him a very superficial affair, easily mastered: judging from the conversation of his elders, he had apparently got already more than was necessary for mature life.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (20% in)
  • And it were well if all such could be admonished to discriminate judgments of which the true subject-matter lies entirely beyond their reach, from those of which the elements may be compassed by a narrow and superficial survey.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (77% in)
  • To superficial observers his chin had too vanishing an aspect, looking as if it were being gradually reabsorbed.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (46% in)
  • "He is not indeed an author adapted to superficial minds," said Mr. Casaubon, meeting these timely questions with dignified patience.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (53% in)
  • Here were deeper reasons than the superficial talk of a new man, which appeared still flimsier in the drawing-room over the shop, when they were recited to Mrs. Mawmsey, a woman accustomed to be made much of as a fertile mother,—generally under attendance more or less frequent from Mr. Gambit, and occasionally having attacks which required Dr. Minchin.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (14% in)
  • I was yesterday taken by surprise, and saw it superficially.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (73% in)
  • She put out her hand to Rosamond, and they said an earnest, quiet good-by without kiss or other show of effusion: there had been between them too much serious emotion for them to use the signs of it superficially.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (70% in)

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