from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The character of being superficial, in any (literal or figurative) sense; want of depth or thoroughness; shallowness.
- noun That which is superficial or shallow, in any (literal or figurative) sense; a superficial person or thing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being superficial; also, that which is superficial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The property of being
superficial, the tendency to judge by surface appearance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
- noun shallowness in terms of affecting only surface layers of something
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(Evidently addicted to CSI, she rabbited on at length about GSR -- but her superficiality is exposed here.)
The superficiality is downright dangerous, I think, in glossing over the fact that you can suppress theistic religion and end up with worse racism — c.f. anti-semitism in Soviet Russia — because atheistic ideologies can function in exactly the same way to create exactly the same type of “bad thinking”.
I am lamenting the fact that superficiality is more common than deep, meaningful conversation.
Overall, Saved! is an exceptional study in superficiality of all kinds, not just the expected "Oh, Christians are so shallow."
Sometimes when reading a novel from another century, like Victor Hugo or Honorè de Balzak, for example, where the characters move slowly and ponderously through the plots, feeling deeply the movements of their destiny, in touch with the depths of moral and philosophical complexities, it seems we are evolving to become a different species — a dazzled and bewildered one, where superficiality is the norm, rather than the exception, and where we are almost completely losing touch with what it means to be human.
Disturbed interpersonal relationships, characterized by superficiality and clinging, seem to reflect what Deutch noted in the histories, namely a lack of adequate early mothering with resultant impairment in the processes of identification, internalization, and normal ego and superego formation.
How much is due to the administration's superficiality, which is responsible for the decision?
In the New York stories, like the 9/11-theme "Absence," this makes sense because they're about foreigners, so the superficiality is a reflection of the characters 'alienation.
Mr. Sipprelle, now the founder of Westland Ventures, a Princeton, N. J.-based investment firm, said most voters would see through the "superficiality" of the Wall Street attack.
Pipes even suggested that, unlike the "superficiality" of the relations between Syria and Iran, which according to him, were reminiscent of those between Germany and Japan during World War II, the relationship between Israel and Turkey "resembles that between the United States and Great Britain in that war."