- 1Existing or occurring at or on the surface: the building suffered only superficial damageMore example sentences
- The damage was superficial and the problem fixed.
- It is as if the novel's intellectual and ideological muddle is merely a superficial layer of flotsam bobbing on a boiling sea of emotion.
- For every study finding that they are safe, there is one suggesting that they might indeed cause some damage, superficial or otherwise.
- 1.1Situated or occurring on the skin or immediately beneath it: the superficial muscle groupsMore example sentences
- Masson takes him to a nearby doctor who allays his fears that he only suffered superficial flesh wounds - he has nothing serious to worry about.
- I was in two major car accidents, which left me with superficial scars that I will carry the rest of my life.
- A spokesman confirmed he was detained overnight with superficial injuries.
- 1.2Appearing to be true or real only until examined more closely: the resemblance between the breeds is superficialMore example sentences
- A superficial comparison of Roth with Malamud reveals two versions of the problems of self-definition which is at the core of this literature.
- His new collection, Oblivion, contains eight stories of uncompromising difficulty, with certain superficial similarities.
- It only affirms the hugely popular, superficial notion of a culture in crisis, of a culture lost in a constant loop of revivals.
- 1.3Not thorough, deep, or complete; cursory: he had only the most superficial knowledge of foreign countriesMore example sentences
- Before reading the book I only had a superficial knowledge of his life and career.
- He gives a superficial and inadequate account of Kipling's curious, subtle, savage, contradictory passion for England, which was both his home and his place of exile.
- But only for people who have had sufficient experience of their own - and then only to appreciate other situations, not to pronounce on them with the most superficial of knowledge.
- 1.4Not having or showing any depth of character or understanding: perhaps I was a superficial personMore example sentences
- In Maelstrom, the main characters are slick, superficial people who deepen emotionally because of the trauma.
- On the whole, the cast does a very nice job with their superficial characters and makes them charming, funny, and/or despicable as needed.
- And the characters are so superficial that we hardly care which of these different fates may befall them.
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- All the ‘designers’ here seem so caught up in what they do that they can't even realize that the entire profession revolves around superficiality.
- The superficiality of film does not lend itself well to the complex and multilayered nature of the novel on which the film is based.
- When it was first shown, their work seemed to represent a new low in superficiality and attitudinizing; now it looks like some kind of classic, the inspiration for a thousand shows about the bedrooms of American teenagers.
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- Fashionable implies superficialness, a preoccupation with identity and consumption rather than an interest in politics and foreign policy.
- He wants people to look beyond the superficialness of the subject's surface and see the beauty within.
- This game certainly had potential but now is stuck in superficialness and this results in a lot of missed opportunities.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfiSHēˈalitē/noun (plural superficialities)
late Middle English: from late Latin superficialis, from Latin superficies (see superficies).