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Synonyms for superficial
ˌsu pərˈfɪʃ əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. superficial(adj)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    trivial

    Antonyms:
    important, significant, deep, thoughtful, profound

  2. superficial(adj)

    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

    "superficial measurements"; "the superficial area of the wall"; "a superficial wound"

    Synonyms:
    trivial

    Antonyms:
    deep, thoughtful, profound, important, significant

  3. superficial, trivial(adj)

    of little substance or significance

    "a few superficial editorial changes"; "only trivial objections"

    Synonyms:
    niggling, trivial, picayune, piffling, footling, petty, fiddling, lilliputian, little, piddling

    Antonyms:
    thoughtful, important, significant, deep, profound

Wiktionary

  1. superficial(adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the surface.

    Synonyms:
    surficial

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. superficial

    Synonyms:
    light, slight, imperfect, showy, external, flimsy, surface, shallow, smattering, skin-deep

    Antonyms:
    deep, profound, abstruse, recondite, accurate, exact, deep-seated

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. superficial(a.)

    Synonyms:
    external, exterior, outer, on the surface

  2. superficial(a.)

    Synonyms:
    shallow, slight, smattering, not deep, not thorough, not profound

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "superficial":

    surface, surficial, shallow, cursory, perfunctory, above-ground, cosmetic, facile, apparent, supracrustal

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#208631piddling
#248286lilliputian

How to use superficial in a sentence?

  1. Seth Galanter:

    It’s a very surface level fix that certainly will make that particular parent happy, but isn’t fulfilling OCR’s obligation, oCR is underfunded and understaffed and in order to get through all the complaints in some kind of timely manner, staff is being forced to give them superficial treatment.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.:

    We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    It's true that Love and Fragrance cannot be concealed, and yet the public display of affection (PDA) in social media seems so superficial and artificial, e.g., when husband and wife congratulate each other on FB for their wedding anniversary or parents wish happy birthday on Internet to their children who live in the same house. The dichotomy is that the magic of sensitive and innermost personal affections begins to vanish, as they get displayed explicitly and publicly in social media.

  4. Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield:

    Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.

  5. Claudia Villarroel:

    These rains serve to accumulate water, but the superficial run-off is very high. What is best is a little, constant rain.


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