superficiality


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.superficiality - lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
depth - degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
glibness, slickness - a kind of fluent easy superficiality; "the glibness of a high-pressure salesman"
sciolism - pretentious superficiality of knowledge
profundity, profoundness - intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc; "the depth of my feeling"; "the profoundness of the silence"
2.superficiality - shallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something; "he ignored the wound because of its superficiality"
shallowness - the quality of lacking physical depth; "take into account the shallowness at that end of the pool before you dive"

superficiality

noun shallowness, lack of depth, lack of substance, emptiness, triviality the superficiality of the judgements we make when we first meet people
Translations
سَطْحِيَّه
povrchnost
overfladiskhed
felszínesség
yfirborîsháttur
yüzeysellik

superficiality

[ˌsuːpəˌfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ] Nsuperficialidad f

superficiality

[ˌsuːpərfɪʃiˈæləti] n
(= shallowness) [person, place] → superficialité f
(= lack of depth) [analysis, judgement, book] → superficialité f

superficiality

n (of person, behaviour, injury, treatment, knowledge)Oberflächlichkeit f; (of characteristics, resemblance)Äußerlichkeit f

superficiality

[ˌsuːpəfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ] nsuperficialità

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
References in classic literature ?
Vronsky had several times already, though not so resolutely as now, tried to bring her to consider their position, and every time he had been confronted by the same superficiality and triviality with which she met his appeal now.
With smiling ease, apologetically, Weeks tore to pieces all that Hayward had said; with elaborate civility he displayed the superficiality of his attainments.
I found that while among them there was a large element of substantial, worthy citizens, there was also a superficiality about the life of a large class that greatly alarmed me.
I was surprised, considering the fierce struggle in the forecastle, at the superficiality of his hurts, and I pride myself that I dressed them dexterously.
When we went in, and I had removed her bonnet and coat, I took her on my knee; kept her there an hour, allowing her to prattle as she liked: not rebuking even some little freedoms and trivialities into which she was apt to stray when much noticed, and which betrayed in her a superficiality of character, inherited probably from her mother, hardly congenial to an English mind.
The narrowness and superficiality of the Anglo-Saxon tourist is nothing less than a menace.
Footnote: Macaulay's well-known essay on Bacon is marred by Macaulay's besetting faults of superficiality and dogmatism and is best left unread.
The inevitable superficiality of the rabble is contrasted with the peaceful and profound depths of the anchorite.
Trudeau, who is famous for his good looks, said that as a man in business and politics, he had lots of advantage but "did not go near discrimination, sexism, superficiality, and judgment that women go through daily".
THERE was a great degree of superficiality in President Anastasiades' exclusive comments to the CyBC about his plans to combat corruption in the police force and the public sector.
In a world filled with so much anger, ignorance and superficiality, I felt compelled to explore more deeply my tradition which, in recent times, has become so synonymous with violence and news bulletins.
We are sensible, thinking beings who understand the value of substance over style, depth over superficiality.