• (GA) IPA: /ˌsupɚˈfɪʃəl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˌs(j)uːpəˈfɪʃəl/


  1. Of or pertaining to the surface.
  2. Being near the surface.
  3. Shallow, lacking substance.
  4. At face value.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  5. (rare) Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: superficial
  • Russian: пове́рхностный
Translations Noun

superficial (plural superficials)

  1. (chiefly in plural) A surface detail.
    He always concentrates on the superficials and fails to see the real issue.
Related terms
  • superfice (archaic)

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