Definition for SU-PER-FI'CIAL

SU-PER-FI'CIAL, a. [It. superficiale; Sp. superficial; Fr. superficiel; from superficies.]

  1. Being on the surface; not penetrating the substance of a thing; as, a superficial color; a superficial covering.
  2. Composing the surface or exterior part; as, soil constitutes the superficial part of the earth.
  3. Shallow; contrived to cover something. This superficial tale / Is but a preface to her worthy praise. – Shak.
  4. Shallow; not deep or profound; reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; as, a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge. – Dryden.

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