AskDefine | Define superficiality

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1 lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling [syn: shallowness] [ant: profundity]
2 shallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something; "he ignored the wound because of its superficiality"

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  1. The property of being superficial, the tendency to judge by surface appearance.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a little learning, absentmindedness, amateurism, apparent character, appearance, appearances, aridity, barrenness, big deal, bloodlessness, carelessness, characterlessness, colorlessness, cursoriness, deadness, dilettantism, dilettantship, dismalness, display, disregard, disregardfulness, distraction, dragginess, dreariness, dryness, dullness, dustiness, effeteness, emptiness, epidermis, etiolation, exteriority, exteriors, external appearance, externality, externalness, externals, extrinsicality, facade, flatness, flightiness, flimsiness, flippancy, fluffiness, foolishness, foreignness, frivolity, frivolousness, front, frothiness, futility, gaudiness, giddiness, glimmering, glimpse, gloss, half-learning, heaviness, heedlessness, hollowness, idleness, imperfect knowledge, inadvertence, inadvertency, inanity, inattention, inattentiveness, inconsideration, incuriosity, indifference, inexcitability, inobservance, insipidity, insipidness, jejunity, lack of depth, leadenness, levity, lifelessness, lightmindedness, lightness, lowness of spirit, manner, mere externals, mere scratch, meretriciousness, mien, negligence, no depth, no water, nonobservance, nugacity, obliviousness, openness, ostent, outerness, outward appearance, outward show, outwardness, paleness, pallor, pinprick, pointlessness, pokiness, ponderousness, public image, regardlessness, rind, sciolism, scratch, seeming, semi-learning, shallow-wittedness, shallowness, shoaliness, show, silliness, skin, slenderness, slight knowledge, slightness, slowness, smattering, smattering of ignorance, smattering of knowledge, solemnity, speciousness, spiritlessness, sterility, stiffness, stodginess, stuffiness, superficies, surface, surface appearance, surface show, surface-scratching, tastelessness, tediousness, thinness, thoughtlessness, triflingness, triteness, triviality, trivialness, unalertness, unawareness, unconsciousness, unheedfulness, unintentiveness, uninterestingness, unliveliness, unmindfulness, unobservance, unprofoundness, unprofundity, unwariness, unwatchfulness, vacuity, vague notion, vain show, vanity, vapidity, vapidness, veneer, volatility, woodenness
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