1) ADJ-GRADED Worldly is used to describe things relating to the ordinary activities of life, rather than to spiritual things. [LITERARY]
I think it is time you woke up and focused your thoughts on more worldly matters...
He has repeatedly criticized Western churches as too worldly and too entrenched in consumerism.2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ Someone who is worldly is experienced and knows about the practical or social aspects of life.
He was different from anyone I had known, very worldly, everything that Dermot was not...
He was worldly and sophisticated.Derived words:worldliness N-UNCOUNT
To Betty, Joe had an air of worldliness.3) ADJ: ADJ n Worldly is used to describe things relating to success, wealth, and possessions. [mainly LITERARY]
Today the media drive athletes to the view that the important thing is to gain worldly success.4) ADJ: ADJ n You can refer to someone's possessions as their worldly goods or possessions. [LITERARY]
...a man who had given up all his worldly goods...
They are willing to sign away their entire worldly possessions.
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Worldly — World ly, a. [AS. woroldlic.] [1913 Webster] 1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. I thus neglecting worldly ends. Shak. [1913 Webster] Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean but… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Worldly — World ly, adv. With relation to this life; in a worldly manner. [1913 Webster] Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise By simply meek. Milton. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
worldly — [adj1] material, nonreligious carnal, earthly, earthy, fleshly, human, lay, materialistic, mundane, natural, physical, practical, profane, secular, sublunary, telluric, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, ungodly; concepts 536,582 Ant. immaterial,… … New thesaurus
worldly — ► ADJECTIVE (wordlier, wordliest) 1) of or concerned with material affairs rather than spiritual ones. 2) experienced and sophisticated. ● worldly goods (or possessions or wealth) Cf. ↑worldly wealth DERI … English terms dictionary
worldly — [wʉrld′lē] adj. worldlier, worldliest 1. of or limited to this world; temporal or secular 2. devoted to or concerned with the affairs, pleasures, etc. of this world: also worldly minded 3. worldly wise; sophisticated SYN. EARTHLY worldliness n … English World dictionary
worldly — O.E. woruldlic, from the roots of WORLD (Cf. world) and LIKE (Cf. like) (adj.). A common Germanic compound (Cf. O.Fris. wraldlik, O.S. weroldlik, M.Du. wereldlik, Ger. weltlich, O.N. veraldligr). Worldly wise is recorded from c.1400 … Etymology dictionary
worldly — 1 mundane, *earthly, terrestrial, earthy, sublunary Analogous words: temporal, *profane, secular: *material, physical, corporeal: *carnal, fleshly, sensual Contrasted words: *celestial, heavenly, empyrean, empyreal: sacred, * … New Dictionary of Synonyms
worldly — index civil (public), material (physical), mundane, physical, profane Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton … Law dictionary
worldly — meaning ‘temporal or earthly’, has two ls … Modern English usage
worldly — adj. (worldlier, worldliest) 1 temporal or earthly (worldly goods). 2 engrossed in temporal affairs, esp. the pursuit of wealth and pleasure. Phrases and idioms: worldly minded intent on worldly things. worldly wisdom prudence as regards one s… … Useful english dictionary