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 skin-deep, surface Related Words depthless, shallow, shoal; two-dimensional; external Near Antonyms 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 facile, one-dimensional, shallow, skin-deep Related Words cursory, hasty, oversimple, passing, sketchy; aimless, desultory, haphazard, hit-or-miss, random; limited, narrow, restricted Near Antonyms discerning, penetrant, penetrating; definitive, hard; broad, complete, comprehensive, exhaustive, extensive, far-reaching, wide; general, global, inclusive; detailed, in-depth; critical Antonyms deep, profound

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skillful, artistic, or intricate

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