beauty is only skin deep

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Beauty is only skin deep definition


Physical beauty is superficial and is not as important as a person's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual qualities.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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beauty is only skin deep

External attractiveness has no relation to goodness or essential quality. This maxim was first stated by Sir Thomas Overbury in his poem "A Wife" (1613): "All the carnall beauty of my wife is but skin-deep."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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