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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 ?
Sport has, in my opinion, a great value, and as is always the case, we see nothing but what is most superficial.
I do not mean, therefore, that Frederica's acquirements should be more than superficial, and I flatter myself that she will not remain long enough at school to understand anything thoroughly.
A strange thing, that that part of an orator, which is but superficial, and rather the virtue of a player, should be placed so high, above those other noble parts, of invention, elocution, and the rest; nay, almost alone, as if it were all in all.
It is but a superficial mode of examining into this question to begin with the place and the people; for it may happen that these may be divided from that, or that some one of them may live in one place, and some in another (but this question may be regarded as no very knotty one; for, as a city may acquire that appellation on many accounts, it may be solved many ways); and in like manner, when men inhabit one common place, when shall we say that they inhabit the same city, or that the city is the same?
I became weary of the poets, of the old and of the new: superficial are they all unto me, and shallow seas.
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.
But, beautiful as it was, I could only take a rapid glance at the basin whose superficial area is two million of square yards.
The head of the family, Count Ilya Rostov, continually drove about the city collecting the current rumors from all sides and gave superficial and hasty orders at home about the preparations for their departure.
Beneath these superficial inconsistencies, the great heart, the essentially true and generous nature of the woman, only waited the sufficient occasion to assert themselves.
There is no other art in which the conditions of success are so easy of attainment; there is no other art in the practice of which so much that is purely superficial passes itself off habitually for something that claims to be profound.
Nor are instances of this kind so rare as some superficial and inaccurate observers have reported.
In spite of superficial, fantastic and sham notions of honour and dignity, all but very few of us positively grovelled before Zverkov, and the more so the more he swaggered.