(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of depth, superficiality
1. shallowness, shoalness, flatness; superficiality; inanity, folly; banality, insipidity, dullness, vapidity; ignorance; triviality, frivolity. See unimportance.
2. shallow, shoal, flat, shelf, sandbank, bar, [coral] reef, ford; facade, gloss, veneer, scratch, pinprick; surface or flesh wound; trivia.
Verbs — scratch the surface, skim over, touch upon.
Adjectives — shallow, shoal[y], depthless, flat; empty, superficial, cursory; skin-, angle-, or knee-deep; flighty, silly, slight, unintelligent, simple, foolish, ignorant; banal, fatuous, inane, insipid, puerile, jejune, vapid; trivial, frivolous, trifling, flimsy, obvious, dull.
Quotations — It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible (Oscar Wilde), There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries (Shakespeare).
Antonyms, see depth, importance.

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