Superficialness
Superficial Su`per*fi"cial, a. [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See {Superficies}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage. [1913 Webster]

2. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge. [1913 Webster]

This superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He is a presumptuous and superficial writer. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

That superficial judgment, which happens to be right without deserving to be so. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ly}, adv. -- {Su`per*fi"cial*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • superficialness — See superficiality. * * * …   Universalium

  • superficialness — noun Superficiality …   Wiktionary

  • superficialness — n. state or quality of being superficial …   English contemporary dictionary

  • superficialness — su·per·fi·cial·ness …   English syllables

  • superficialness — noun see superficial I …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fit for Active Service — (also known as The Faith Healers ) is a drawing by 20th century German artist George Grosz, created between the years of 1916 1917. It is considered a seminal part of the post WWI movement, Neue Sachlichkeit, or New Objectivity. It is a paper… …   Wikipedia

  • superficial — superficiality /sooh peuhr fish ee al i tee/, superficialness, n. superficially, adv. /sooh peuhr fish euhl/, adj. 1. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound. 2. of or pertaining to the surface: superficial measurement. 3. external …   Universalium

  • superficial — adjective 1》 existing or occurring at or on the surface. 2》 apparent rather than actual. 3》 not thorough or deep; cursory.     ↘lacking depth of character or understanding. 4》 Brit. Building denoting a quantity of a material expressed in terms of …   English new terms dictionary

  • sciolism — n. Smattering, shallowness, superficialness, imperfect knowledge, superficial knowledge, slight knowledge …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • superficial — /supəˈfɪʃəl / (say soohpuh fishuhl) adjective 1. of or relating to the surface: superficial measurement. 2. being at, on, or near the surface: a superficial wound. 3. external or outward: a superficial resemblance. 4. concerned with or… …   Australian English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”