- of or relating to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.; earthly; mundane.
- experienced; knowing; sophisticated: the benefits of his worldly wisdom.
- devoted to, directed toward, or connected with the affairs, interests, or pleasures of this world.
- of or relating to the people or laity; secular; neither ecclesiastical nor religious.
- Obsolete. of, relating to, or existing on earth.
- in a worldly manner (archaic except in combination): worldly-wise; worldly-minded.
Origin of worldly
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1. temporal. See earthly. 2. urbane, cosmopolitan.
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Examples from the Web for worldly
When he emerged from the Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, his enlightenment was followed with an all too worldly disaster.Excuse Me For Not Dying: Leonard Cohen at 80
September 24, 2014
Actually, enlightened Zen monks are often worldly, engaged, and sexually voracious.The Shocking Scandal at the Heart of American Zen
November 14, 2013
And while worldly success sometimes has a whiff of demonic patronage, identification is dangerous.The Devil and Antonin Scalia
October 8, 2013
In the roster of genius, evasion of worldly responsibility seems practically a fixed theme.Galileo's Test of Truth
February 15, 2013
Bennett is youthful and dimpled, a receding hairline the only indication of any worldly experience.Naftali Bennett Wants You!
December 25, 2012
Then he licked his chops and looked in admiration on his worldly friend.A Night Out
If I have erred, 'tis to worldly wisdom only that I have erred.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He has been the very madman of politics from the point of view of Mr. Worldly Wiseman.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
All your worldly goods you will leave to some one who is very dear to you.Rico and Wiseli
Not surely so much in worldly as in religious considerations.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- not spiritual; mundane or temporal
- Also: worldly-minded absorbed in or concerned with material things or matters that are immediately relevant
- Also: worldly-wise versed in the ways of the world; sophisticated
- archaic existing on or relating to the earth
- obsolete secular; lay
- archaic in a worldly manner
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Word Origin and History for worldly
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