- being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound.
- of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement.
- external or outward: a superficial resemblance.
- concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious: a superficial observer.
- shallow; not profound or thorough: a superficial writer.
- apparent rather than real.
- insubstantial or insignificant: superficial improvements.
Origin of superficial
Examples from the Web for superficialities
It is only youth that estimates happiness by superficialities.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
Carrie was an apt student of fortune's ways—of fortune's superficialities.Sister Carrie
But these are hardly more than superficialities of the service.The Modern Railroad
Camelia was in nowise disconcerted by these superficialities.The Confounding of Camelia
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Kansas is still too near to first principles to be concerned with superficialities.Abroad at Home
- of, relating to, being near, or forming the surfacesuperficial bruising
- displaying a lack of thoroughness or carea superficial inspection
- only outwardly apparent rather than genuine or actualthe similarity was merely superficial
- of little substance or significance; trivialsuperficial differences
- lacking originality or profunditythe film's plot was quite superficial
- (of measurements) involving only the surface area
Word Origin and History for superficialities
late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, "of or relating to a surface," from Latin superficialis "of or pertaining to the surface," from superficies "surface," from super "above, over" (see super-) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)). Meaning "not deep, without thorough understanding, cursory" (of perceptions, thoughts, etc.) first recorded early 15c. (implied in superficially "not thoroughly").
- Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface.
- Not thorough.