superficial | superficially | superficiality

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Meaning(s)

something only on a surface level

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superficial - shallow

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The word ‘superficial’ expresses something on a surface level only, both literally and figuratively. In a literal sense, it describes something, such as a wound, that only affects the surface of the skin. Figuratively, it relates to something that is shallow and without deeper meaning.

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Synonyms surface
Antonyms genuine,deep

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  1. I don’t think James will need stitches for that. It just looks like a superficial wound.

  2. Superficially at least, staff seem happy with the new policy, but deep down I think they have their reservations.

  3. Major corporations have been accused of superficiality in their statements, with critics claiming they only made them in the interest of increasing profits.

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