Su`per*fi"cial (?), a. [L. superficialis: cf. F. superficiel. See Superficies.]


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.


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.


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