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su·per·fi·cial

 (so͞o′pər-fĭsh′əl)
adj.
1. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2. Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow: wrote him off as superficial.
3. Apparent rather than actual or substantial: a superficial resemblance between the two films.
4. Not extensive or important; minor or insignificant: made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.

[Middle English, from Old French superficiel, from Latin superficiālis, from superficiēs, surface; see superficies.]

su′per·fi′ci·al′i·ty (-fĭsh′ē-ăl′ĭ-tē), su′per·fi′cial·ness (-fĭsh′əl-nĭs) n.
su′per·fi′cial·ly adv.

superficial

(ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, being near, or forming the surface: superficial bruising.
2. displaying a lack of thoroughness or care: a superficial inspection.
3. only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actual: the similarity was merely superficial.
4. of little substance or significance; trivial: superficial differences.
5. lacking originality or profundity: the film's plot was quite superficial.
6. (Mathematics) (of measurements) involving only the surface area
[C14: from Late Latin superficiālis of the surface, from Latin superficies]
superficiality, ˌsuperˈficialness n
ˌsuperˈficially adv

su•per•fi•cial

(ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl)

adj.
1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
2. external or outward; apparent rather than real: a superficial resemblance.
3. concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious.
4. shallow; not profound or thorough.
5. insubstantial or insignificant.
6. of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement.
[1375–1425; late Middle English superfyciall < Late Latin superficiālis= Latin superfici(ēs) superficies + -ālis -al1]
su`per•fi`ci•al′i•ty (-iˈæl ɪ ti) su`per•fi′cial•ness, n.
su`per•fi′cial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "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"
careless - marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"
outward - relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind; "a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections"
frivolous - not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman"
profound - showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth; "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"
2.superficial - of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"
3.superficial - of little substance or significancesuperficial - of little substance or significance; "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"
unimportant, insignificant - devoid of importance, meaning, or force

superficial

adjective
1. shallow, frivolous, empty-headed, empty, silly, lightweight, trivial a superficial yuppie with no intellect whatsoever
shallow serious, earnest
3. slight, surface, external, cosmetic, on the surface, exterior, peripheral, skin-deep It may well look different but the changes are only superficial.
slight deep, profound

superficial

adjective
1. Lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness:
2. Appearing as such but not necessarily so:
Translations
سَطْحِيسَطْحي، على السَّطْحسَطْحي، غَيْر عَميق
povrchnípovrchový
overfladisk
pinnallinen
površan
felületi
yfirborîs-
表面的な
피상적인
paviršinis
paviršsvirspusējs
povrchový
površenpovršinski
ytlig
ผิวเผิน ไม่ลึกซึ้ง ไม่สำคัญ
hời hợt

superficial

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃəl] ADJ
1. (= not deep) → superficial
she was treated for superficial cuts and bruisesle curaron algunos cortes superficiales y moratones
most of the buildings had sustained only superficial damagela mayoría de los edificios sólo habían sufrido daños superficiales
I suddenly realized how superficial she wasde repente me di cuenta de lo superficial que era
2. (in measurements) [area] → de superficie

superficial

[ˌsuːpərˈfɪʃəl] adj
(= shallow) [person, mind] → superficiel(le)
(not in-depth) [analysis, knowledge, understanding] → superficiel(le)
(= apparent) [differences, changes, similarities] → superficiel(le)
(= not serious) [wound, injury, cut, burn] → superficiel(le)

superficial

adj person, behaviour, injury, treatment, knowledgeoberflächlich; characteristics, resemblanceäußerlich

superficial

[ˌsuːpəˈfɪʃl] adjsuperficiale

superficial

(suːpəˈfiʃəl) adjective
1. on, or affecting, the surface only. The wound is only superficial.
2. not thorough. He has only a superficial knowledge of the subject.
ˈsuperˌficiˈality (-ʃiˈӕ-) noun
ˌsuperˈficially adverb

superficial

سَطْحِي povrchní overfladisk oberflächlich επιφανειακός superficial pinnallinen superficiel površan superficiale 表面的な 피상적인 oppervlakkig overflatisk powierzchowny superficial поверхностный ytlig ผิวเผิน ไม่ลึกซึ้ง ไม่สำคัญ yapay hời hợt 表面的

su·per·fi·cial

a. superficial, rel. a la superficie;
adv. superficialmente.

superficial

adj superficial
References in classic literature ?
In such cases, the painter's deep conception of his subject's inward traits has wrought itself into the essence of the picture, and is seen after the superficial coloring has been rubbed off by time.
Oh, yes," he said with the brightest superficial eagerness, "you wanted me to tell you something.
Likewise, by way of preliminary, I desire to remind the reader, that while in the earlier geological strata there are found the fossils of monsters now almost completely extinct; the subsequent relics discovered in what are called the Tertiary formations seem the connecting, or at any rate intercepted links, between the antichronical creatures, and those whose remote posterity are said to have entered the Ark; all the Fossil Whales hitherto discovered belong to the Tertiary period, which is the last preceding the superficial formations.
The quiet tone in which the woman pronounced these words might have led a superficial observer to think that she was entirely apathetic; but there was a calm, settled depth of anguish in her large, dark eye, that spoke of something far otherwise.
All superficial accumulations were swept away, and the bedrock was exposed.
As to the nature of these friendships, which seemed so many to the eye of the superficial observer, they were of various kinds, and while the girl pursued them with enthusiasm and ardor, they left her unsatisfied and heart-hungry; they were never intimacies such as are so readily made by shallow natures.
Such was this singular man, in his more superficial aspects.
His knowledge of books, however superficial, was sufficient to impress upon their ignorance respect for his supposed learning; and the gravity of his deportment and language, with the high tone which he exerted in setting forth the authority of the church and of the priesthood, impressed them no less with an opinion of his sanctity.
That may be so, but at least it is not so superficial as thought is.
Now the case was in the hands of an examining-magistrate called Faure, an incredulous, commonplace, superficial sort of person, (I write as I think), with a mind utterly unprepared to receive a confidence of this kind.
Those who have but a superficial acquaintance with the sources from which they are to be drawn, will themselves recollect a variety of instances; and those who have a tolerable knowledge of human nature will not stand in need of such lights to form their opinion either of the reality or extent of that agency.
But, beautiful as it was, I could only take a rapid glance at the basin whose superficial area is two million of square yards.