skin-deep


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skin-deep

(skĭn′dēp′)
adj.
Superficial; shallow: a skin-deep acquaintanceship.
adv.
In a shallow manner; superficially.

skin-deep

adj
superficial; shallow
adv
superficially

skin′-deep′



adj.
superficial; not profound or substantial.
[1605–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.skin-deep - penetrating no deeper than the skin: "her beauty is only skin-deep"
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"

skin-deep

adjective superficial, surface, external, artificial, shallow, on the surface, meaningless He denies that racism is just skin-deep.

skin-deep

adjective
Lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness:
Translations

skin-deep

[ˈskɪnˈdiːp] ADJsuperficial
see also beauty A1

skin-deep

[ˌskɪnˈdiːp] adj (also) (fig) → superficiale
References in classic literature ?
I perceive Cupid's arrows have been too sharp for you: the wounds, being more than skin-deep, are not yet healed, and bleed afresh at every mention of the loved one's name.'
I was about to express my fears that the lotion would injure her skin, when an accident occurred which threatened more than a skin-deep injury.
She was wantonly aesthetic; but she was an excellent creature, kind and good natured; and her affectations were but skin-deep. There was a knock at the door, and they all gave a shout of exultation.
It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.
The simple naivete with which he expresses this skin-deep and primitive faith is, indeed, one of the chief sources of charm in the 'Noble Numbers.'
But his egoism was not even skin-deep; it was rather a cloak, which Raffles could cast off quicker than any man I ever knew, as he did not fail to show me now.
Tom had always had a sort of instinct that East's levity was only skin-deep, and this instinct was a true one.
In spite of his skin-deep gayety, a secret dissatisfaction with his social position could be detected in his speech; he aspired to something better, but the fatal demon hiding in his wit hindered him from acquiring the gravity which imposes on fools.
Hilbery had grave doubts, as he read, whether the process was more than skin-deep. Civilization had been very profoundly and unpleasantly overthrown that evening; the extent of the ruin was still undetermined; he had lost his temper, a physical disaster not to be matched for the space of ten years or so; and his own condition urgently required soothing and renovating at the hands of the classics.