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Synonyms for superficial

Synonyms for (adjective) superficial

Synonyms: superficial Definition: concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually Usage: 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

Similar words: seeming, apparent, ostensible Definition: appearing as such but not necessarily so Usage: for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent; the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies; the ostensible truth of their theories; his seeming honesty

Similar words: sciolistic, dilettante, dilettanteish, dilettantish Definition: showing frivolous or superficial interest; amateurish Usage: his dilettantish efforts at painting

Similar words: facile Definition: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth Usage: too facile a solution for so complex a problem

Similar words: glib Definition: marked by lack of intellectual depth Usage: glib generalizations; a glib response to a complex question

Similar words: looking, sounding Definition: appearing to be as specified; usually used as combining forms Usage: left their clothes dirty looking; a most disagreeable looking character; angry-looking; liquid-looking; severe-looking policemen on noble horses; fine-sounding phrases; taken in by high-sounding talk

Similar words: shallow Definition: lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious Usage: shallow people; his arguments seemed shallow and tedious

Similar words: skin-deep Definition: penetrating no deeper than the skin: "her beauty is only skin-deep"

Synonyms: superficial, trivial Definition: of little substance or significance Usage: a few superficial editorial changes; only trivial objections

Similar words: insignificant, unimportant Definition: devoid of importance, meaning, or force