superficial ADJECTIVE 1) existing or occurring at or on the surface. 2) apparent rather than actual. 3) not thorough or deep; cursory. 4) lacking depth of character or understanding.
DERIVATIVES superficiality noun (pl. superficialities) superficially adverb.
ORIGIN Latin superficialis, from superficies 'top, surface' .

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  • Superficiality — Su per*fi ci*al i*ty, n. [Cf. F. superficialit[ e].] The quality or state of being superficial; also, that which is superficial. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • superficiality — noun The property of being superficial, the tendency to judge by surface appearance …   Wiktionary

  • superficiality — Synonyms and related words: a little learning, absentmindedness, amateurism, apparent character, appearance, appearances, aridity, barrenness, big deal, bloodlessness, carelessness, characterlessness, colorlessness, cursoriness, deadness,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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