superficial

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. shallow, cursory, dilettante, slight, slender, trivial, inane; surface, skin-deep. See exterior, shallowness, ignorance.Ant., in-depth, serious.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. flimsy, cursory, perfunctory, hasty, desultory, shallow, summary, short-sighted, purblind, ignorant, narrow-minded, prejudiced, warped, partial, surface, cosmetic, skin-deep, untrustworthy, outward, external, exterior, unenlightened.
Ant. learned*, deep, profound.
Syn.- superficial implies concern with the obvious or surface aspects of a thing [superficial characteristics ] and, in a derogatory sense, lack of thoroughness, profoundness, significance, etc. [superficial judgments ] ; shallow , in this connection always derogatory, implies a lack of depth, as of character, intellect, or meaning [shallow writing ] ; cursory , which may or may not be derogatory, suggests a brief or hasty consideration of something without pausing to note details [ a cursory inspection ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. surface exterior, outer, external, outside, outward, peripheral, skin-deep, cosmetic.
2. shallow obvious, apparent, lacking depth, minimal, not profound.
3. quick cursory, perfunctory, hasty, slapdash, hurried, slight.
4. frivolous shallow, featherbrained, unprofound, silly.
ANT.: 1. internal, inner, deep. 2. deep, profound. 3. thorough, careful, complete. 4. serious, deep, profound
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness: cursory, one-dimensional, shallow, sketchy, skin-deep, uncritical. See SURFACE. 2. Appearing as such but not necessarily so: apparent, external, ostensible, ostensive, outward, seeming. See SURFACE.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • superficial — SUPERFICIÁL, Ă, superficiali, e, adj. Care apare, se produce, rămâne la suprafaţa unui obiect, a unei fiinţe; fig. care apare, se produce, rămâne la suprafaţă, fără să atingă miezul, esenţa lucrurilor. ♦ fig. (Despre oameni) Care tratează… …   Dicționar Român

  • superficial — superficial, shallow, cursory, uncritical can mean lacking in depth, solidity, and comprehensiveness. Superficial applies chiefly to persons, their minds, their emotions, their attainments, or their utterances or writings, but it is also… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • superficial — adjetivo 1. De la superficie: quemadura superficial, capa superficial. 2. Que no tiene solidez ni profundidad, o que se queda en la superficie: amistad superficial, conversación superficial. 3. Uso/registro: coloquial. Pragmática …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • superficial — [so͞o΄pər fish′əl] adj. [ME superficyall < L superficialis < superficies: see SUPERFICIES] 1. a) of or being on the surface [a superficial burn] b) of or limited to surface area; plane [superficial measurements] 2. concerned with and… …   English World dictionary

  • Superficial — is a general term meaning regarding the surface , often metaphorically. Both in the literal as in the metaphorical sense the term has often a negative connotation based on the idea that deeper parts are also important to consider.In human anatomy …   Wikipedia

  • superficial — (Del lat. superficiālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la superficie. 2. Que está o se queda en ella. 3. Aparente, sin solidez ni sustancia. 4. Frívolo, sin fundamento. ☛ V. estructura superficial, tensión superficial …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Superficial — (Superficiär, v. lat.), oberflächlich, auf der Oberfläche befindlich, dieselbe allein angehend …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • superficial — 1. relacionado con la piel o con otra superficie. 2. que no es grave ni peligroso. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

  • superficial — I adjective careless, cursory, depthless, desultory, empty, exterior, external, frivolous, hasty, hurried, inane, insubstantial, lax, /ev/s, outward, perfunctory, sciolistic, shallow, shoal, silly, skin deep, slapdash, slight, surface, trifling,… …   Law dictionary

  • superficial — late 14c., in anatomical and mathematical uses, of or relating to a surface, from L. superficialis of or pertaining to the surface, from superficies surface, from super above, over (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + facies form, face (see FACE (Cf. face) …   Etymology dictionary

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