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superficial
used in Of Human Bondage

7 uses
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Definition
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
  • She told Philip that his friend had no talent really; it was just flashy and superficial; he couldn't compose a figure to save his life.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (51% in)
  • With smiling ease, apologetically, Weeks tore to pieces all that Hayward had said; with elaborate civility he displayed the superficiality of his attainments.
    27-28 — Chapters 27-28 (7% in)
  • I believe I'm through with the Impressionists; I've got an idea they'll seem very thin and superficial in a few years.
    47-48 — Chapters 47-48 (63% in)
  • At Julian's and at the Beaux Arts a French student was looked upon with disfavour by his fellow-countrymen when he consorted with foreigners, and it was difficult for an Englishman to know more than quite superficially any native inhabitants of the city in which he dwelt.
    47-48 — Chapters 47-48 (84% in)
  • He began to wonder whether he had anything more than a superficial cleverness of the hand which enabled him to copy objects with accuracy.
    49-50 — Chapters 49-50 (52% in)
  • It was notorious that the Salon had refused pictures which were afterwards famous; it was the first time Philip had sent, and he must expect a rebuff; Flanagan's success was explicable, his picture was showy and superficial: it was just the sort of thing a languid jury would see merit in.
    49-50 — Chapters 49-50 (64% in)
  • Its facile charm can offer permanent entertainment only to an intelligence which is superficial.
    87-88 — Chapters 87-88 (65% in)

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