[ uhn-wurld-lee ]
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  1. not worldly; not seeking material advantage; spiritually minded.

  2. naive; unsophisticated; provincial.

  1. not terrestrial; unearthly.

Origin of unworldly

First recorded in 1700–10; un-1 + worldly

Other words from unworldly

  • un·world·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby unworldly

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How to use unworldly in a sentence

  • The sisters were strict in their observances, and gave a good pattern of the unworldly life, which attracted Ellenbog strongly.

    The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
  • You see, I've known her from a child, and a more unworldly creature never breathed.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan
  • He was an austere man, and had the reputation of being singularly unworldly, for a river man.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for unworldly


/ (ʌnˈwɜːldlɪ) /

  1. not concerned with material values or pursuits

  2. lacking sophistication; naive

  1. not of this earth or world

Derived forms of unworldly

  • unworldliness, noun

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