su·per·fi·cial /ˌsupɝˈfɪʃəl/ 形容詞
1. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering; superficial measure or contents; superficial tillage.
2. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge.
This superficial tale
Is but a preface of her worthy praise. --Shak.
He is a presumptuous and superficial writer. --Burke.
That superficial judgment, which happens to be right without deserving to be so. --J. H. Newman.
-- Su*per*fi*cial*ly, adv. -- Su*per*fi*cial*ness, n.
adj 1: being or affecting or concerned with a surface; not deep or
penetrating emotionally or intellectually;
"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" [ant: profound]
2: relating to a surface; "superficial measurements"; "the
superficial area of the wall"
3: of little substance or significance; "a few superficial
editorial changes"; "only trivial objections" [syn: trivial]
4: involving a surface only; "her beauty is only skin-deep";
"superficial bruising"; "a surface wound" [syn: skin-deep,