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synonyms for superficial

  • cursory
  • frivolous
  • one-dimensional
  • perfunctory
  • silly
  • sketchy
  • slight
  • trivial
  • apparent
  • casual
  • cosmetic
  • depthless
  • desultory
  • empty
  • evident
  • exterior
  • external
  • flash
  • flimsy
  • general
  • glib
  • half-baked
  • hasty
  • hurried
  • ignorant
  • inattentive
  • lightweight
  • nodding
  • on the surface
  • ostensible
  • outward
  • partial
  • passing
  • peripheral
  • quick-fix
  • seeming
  • shallow
  • shoal
  • skin-deep
  • slapdash
  • smattery
  • summary
  • surface
  • tip of the iceberg
  • uncritical
  • warped
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antonyms for superficial

MOST RELEVANT
  • complete
  • important
  • mature
  • sensible
  • serious
  • significant
  • thoughtful
  • wise
  • analytical
  • careful
  • deep
  • detailed
  • genuine
  • thorough
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How to use superficial in a sentence

You might object that the approach creates only superficial mimicry — the way some alchemists claimed to have “made gold” by applying some surface treatment to another metal that induced chemical reactions to gave the metal a golden sheen.
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Popular critiques of millennials, in the mid-2000s and beyond, ranged from “They’re too entitled” to “Technology and social media are making them superficial.”
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He also suffered a superficial wound to his left thigh and a graze wound to his forehead.
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The government could easily make superficial efforts to address public backlash against visible data collection without really touching the core of the Ministry of Public Security’s national operations, says Wang, of Human Rights Watch.
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“They have a superficial understanding of the marketplace,” he added.
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"It has a superficial, glittering prettiness, without—" I hesitated to find the word I wanted.
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This design reveals a stumbling-block that superficial people fall over.
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So strong were prejudices in favour of superficial morality in even that licentious age!
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A little or superficial knowledge may incline a man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth him back to religion.
GOSPEL PHILOSOPHYJ. H. WARD
In touching truly deep and serious things Mistral is often superficial, and passes them off with a commonplace.
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