V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. shallow, not deep; 2. small or insignificant; 3. relating to or affecting only the surface of something

Synonyms: shallow, outward, empty, outward, surface, trivial, insignificant, cosmetic, cursory

Antonyms: significant, deep, profound

Tips: Superficial is derived from Latin superficialis, which means "relating to the surface." Think of things that are only surface-deep or things that are not very serious or significant. If someone is superficial when it comes to assessing people, he or she may only care how a person looks on the surface and not care about their heart and personality--what lies beneath the surface of their appearance.

Usage Examples:

Thank goodness the cut was only superficial, or you would have bled much more. (shallow)

She is only concerned about superficial attributes like looks and wealth. (outward, surface, shallow)

The committee dismissed the idea because it was a superficial solution that would only have scratched the surface of the problem. (surface, empty, trivial)

His superficial outlook on life made it hard for him to form true, deep friendships. (shallow, empty)

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