- 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
Related Words for superficialityarea, top, level, face, exterior, skin, expanse, side, facade, levity, peel, covering, stretch, obverse, cover, facet, outside, plane, periphery, rind
Examples from the Web for superficiality
Contemporary Examples of superficiality
If the city the city we love to hate for its superficiality is on board, who knows?Twine: A Dating Site With No Faces
October 6, 2013
The history of larp as a hobby for the rich and famous illustrates the superficiality of its current geeky stigma.Live Action Role Play’s Rich Tudor History
July 20, 2012
And, as has been in the news lately, modeling can also be about stress, superficiality, race and false values.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York
July 13, 2012
The weakness in Romney is his superficiality, and the problem in our politics is... well, its superficiality.Mitt's Mormon Predicament
October 18, 2011
He had ambitions and ideas that exceeded the superficiality of his industry.Alexander McQueen's Haunting World
April 11, 2011
Historical Examples of superficiality
But as in this latter case, the superficiality and slightness of the work are deceptive.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
But when other critics accused him of superficiality they were in error.Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
Thus the frailty and superficiality of our own judgments cannot brook contradiction.The Sense of Beauty
His changes therefore indicate, not superficiality, but depth.
Its object was to counteract the influence and superficiality of the Arcadians.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
- 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 for superficial
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.