worldly

[ wurld-lee ]
/ ˈwɜrld li /

adjective, world·li·er, world·li·est.

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.

adverb

in a worldly manner (archaic except in combination): worldly-wise; worldly-minded.

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Origin of worldly

before 900; Middle English; Old English wor(u)ldlīc. See world, -ly

SYNONYMS FOR worldly

1 temporal. See earthly.
2 urbane, cosmopolitan.

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British Dictionary definitions for worldliness

worldly
/ (ˈwɜːldlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

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

adverb

archaic in a worldly manner

Derived forms of worldly

worldliness, noun
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