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[uhn-wurld-lee] /ʌnˈwɜrld li/
not worldly; not seeking material advantage; spiritually minded.
naive; unsophisticated; provincial.
not terrestrial; unearthly.
Origin of unworldly
First recorded in 1700-10; un-1 + worldly
Related forms
unworldliness, noun Unabridged
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  • Mother, you are too charitable for this earth—too unworldly altogether.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It looked unreal, a painting of unworldly quiet and desolation.

    The Hills of Home Alfred Coppel
  • Those people had been right who had called Sir Denis unworldly.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • He evidently thought of me as of one unworldly and unpractical.

    How It All Came Round L. T. Meade
  • She was wholly absorbed in her study of this unworldly and untaught nature.

    Esmeralda Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Evelyn, be warned by me, and never, never marry an unworldly man.

    The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • But there was nothing to warn her personally in these unworldly confessions.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • You will never convince people that you are unworldly this way.

    A Little Journey in the World Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for unworldly


not concerned with material values or pursuits
lacking sophistication; naive
not of this earth or world
Derived Forms
unworldliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworldly

1707, from un- (1) "not" + worldly.

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