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superficial

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of superficial

  1. 1 lying on or affecting only the outer layer of something a superficial scratch that barely even broke the skin Synonyms of superficial skin-deep, surface Words Related to superficial depthless, shallow, shoal; two-dimensional; external Near Antonyms of superficial deep, deep-seated

  2. 2 having or showing a lack of depth of understanding or character a superficial analysis of how the violence in video games affects young people Synonyms of superficial facile, one-dimensional, shallow, skin-deep Words Related to superficial cursory, hasty, oversimple, passing, sketchy; aimless, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; limited, narrow, restricted Near Antonyms of superficial discerning, penetrant, penetrating; definitive, hard; broad, complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, extensive, far-reaching, wide; general, global, inclusive; detailed, in-depth; critical Antonyms of superficial deep, profound

Synonym Discussion of superficial

superficial, shallow, cursory mean lacking in depth or solidity. superficial implies a concern only with surface aspects or obvious features.
    • a superficial analysis of the problem
shallow is more generally derogatory in implying lack of depth in knowledge, reasoning, emotions, or character.
    • a light, shallow, and frivolous review
cursory suggests a lack of thoroughness or a neglect of details.
    • gave the letter only a cursory reading


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