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worldly

[ wurld-lee ]
/ 藞w蓽rld li /
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adjective, world路li路er, world路li路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

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English wor(u)ldl墨c. See world, -ly

synonym study for worldly

1. See earthly.

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British Dictionary definitions for worldly

worldly
/ (藞w蓽藧ldl瑟) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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