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Superficial synonyms

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Light, thin, and insubstantial:
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  1. Light, thin, and insubstantial:
  2. Thin and easily broken or damaged; poorly made and fragile; frail
  3. Likely to bend or break under pressure; weak, shaky, flexible, or fragile.
Performed with haste and scant attention to detail:
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  1. Performed with haste and scant attention to detail:
  2. Hastily, often superficially, done; performed rapidly with little attention to detail
Done routinely and with little interest or care:
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  1. Done routinely and with little interest or care:
  2. Without concern or solicitude; indifferent
  3. Done without care or interest or merely as a form or routine; superficial
Acting with too much speed or haste; hurried:
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  1. Acting with too much speed or haste; hurried:
  2. Showing irritation or impatience
  3. Done or made rapidly due to pressing circumstances:
Occurring randomly or sporadically.
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  1. Occurring randomly or sporadically.
  2. Passing from one thing to another in an aimless way; disconnected; not methodical
  3. Lacking direct relevance; random; incidental
Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
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  1. Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
  2. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak:
  3. Measuring little from bottom to top or surface; lacking physical depth.
Performed speedily and without ceremony:
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  1. Performed speedily and without ceremony:
  2. That presents the substance or general idea in brief form; summarizing; concise; condensed
  3. Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise:
(Figuratively) Unable to see long-term objectives; lacking foresight.
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  1. (Figuratively) Unable to see long-term objectives; lacking foresight.
  2. Nearsighted; myopic; unable to focus on distant objects.
Slow in understanding or discernment; dull:
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  1. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull:
  2. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind.
  3. (Obsolete) Completely blind.
Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
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  1. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
  2. Caused by or showing lack of knowledge or education
  3. Lacking knowledge (in a particular area or matter)
Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.
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  1. Lacking tolerance, breadth of view, or sympathy; petty.
  2. Alternative spelling of narrow-minded.
  3. Limited in outlook or lacking in tolerance; not open-minded; bigoted, prejudiced, etc.
(Figuratively) Of a person's mind, attitude, humour etc, perverse, strange, aberrant or deviant.
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  1. (Figuratively) Of a person's mind, attitude, humour etc, perverse, strange, aberrant or deviant.
  2. Distorted by warping; twisted out of shape
Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone:
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  1. Having a particular liking or fondness for something or someone:
  2. Favoring one person or side over another or others; biased or prejudiced:
  3. Of, relating to, being, or affecting only a part; not total; incomplete:
Relating to or occurring on or near the surface of the earth.
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  1. Relating to or occurring on or near the surface of the earth.
  2. Relating to, on, or at a surface:
  3. Of, on, or at the surface
Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity:
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  1. Serving to modify or improve the appearance of a bodily feature, defect, or irregularity:
  2. Decorative rather than functional:
  3. Serving to beautify the body, especially the face and hair.
Penetrating no deeper than the skin
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  1. Penetrating no deeper than the skin
  2. Without real depth or significance; superficial; shallow
  3. Superficial; shallow:
Relating to the physical self:
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  1. Relating to the physical self:
  2. Purely external; superficial:
  3. Concerning the surface only; superficial
On, or for use on, the outside of the body
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  1. On, or for use on, the outside of the body
  2. Originating outside; acting or coming from without
  3. Suitable for application to the outside:
Originating or acting from the outside:
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  1. Originating or acting from the outside:
  2. Originating outside; acting or coming from without
  3. Suitable for use outside:
Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
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  1. Not enlightened; ignorant in general or of some particular fact.
Performed with haste and scant attention to detail:
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  1. Performed with haste and scant attention to detail:
  2. Hastily, often superficially, done; performed rapidly with little attention to detail
Alternative form of one-dimensional.
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  1. Alternative form of one-dimensional.
  2. Having a single dominant aspect, quality, concern, etc. and hence narrow, limited, superficial, etc.
  3. (Figuratively) Lacking depth or believability; flat.
Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
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  1. Concerned mainly with superficial matters.
  2. Extending not far downward.
  3. Marked by insufficient inhalation of air; weak:
Resembling a sketch; drawn with little detail:
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  1. Resembling a sketch; drawn with little detail:
  2. Having the form of a sketch; presenting only major parts or points; not detailed
  3. Lacking completeness; rough; inadequate
Penetrating no deeper than the skin
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  1. Penetrating no deeper than the skin
  2. Without real depth or significance; superficial; shallow
  3. Superficial; shallow:
Not guided by critical standards of analysis
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  1. Not guided by critical standards of analysis
  2. Indulgent or undiscriminating; slow to criticize
  3. Not using critical standards or methods, as in evaluation.
Appearing real or true without necessarily being so; seeming
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  1. Appearing real or true without necessarily being so; seeming
  2. Readily seen; visible:
  3. Readily understood; clear or obvious:
For outward appearance or show; superficial
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  1. For outward appearance or show; superficial
  2. Originating outside; acting or coming from without
  3. Suitable for application to the outside:
(Rare) Clearly evident
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  1. (Rare) Clearly evident
  2. Represented or appearing as such; ostensive:
  3. Apparent; seeming; professed
  1. Ostensible
  2. Seeming or professed; ostensible.
  3. Directly pointing out; clearly demonstrative
Relating to the physical self:
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  1. Relating to the physical self:
  2. Clearly apparent; observable; visible
  3. Purely external; superficial:
  1. Apparent
  2. That seems real, true, etc. without necessarily being so; apparent
  3. Apparent; ostensible.

Synonym Study

  • Cursory , which may or may not be derogatory, suggests a brief or hasty consideration of something without pausing to note details a cursory inspection
  • Shallow , in this connection always derogatory, implies a lack of depth, as of character, intellect, or meaning shallow writing
  • Superficial implies concern with the obvious or surface aspects of a thing superficial characteristics and, in a derogatory sense, lack of thoroughness, profoundness, significance, etc. superficial judgments
Find another word for superficial. In this page you can discover 39 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for superficial, like: flimsy, cursory, perfunctory, prejudiced, hasty, desultory, shallow, summary, short-sighted, purblind and ignorant.