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worldly

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adjective world·ly \ˈwər(-ə)ld-lē, ˈwərl-lē\

Simple Definition of worldly

  • : of or relating to the human world and ordinary life rather than to religious or spiritual matters

  • : having a lot of practical experience and knowledge about life and the world

Full Definition of worldly

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs

  2. 2 :  worldly-wise

world·li·ness noun

Examples of worldly

  1. She is more worldly than her younger sister.

  2. <she returned from her year as an exchange student a much more worldly person>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of worldly

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of worldly

earthly, worldly, mundane mean belonging to or characteristic of the earth. earthly often implies a contrast with what is heavenly or spiritual <abandoned earthly concerns and entered a convent>. worldly and mundane both imply a relation to the immediate concerns and activities of human beings, worldly suggesting tangible personal gain or gratification <worldly goods> and mundane suggesting reference to the immediate and practical <a mundane discussion of finances>.


WORLDLY Defined for Kids

worldly

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adjective world·ly \ˈwərld-lē\

Definition of worldly

world·li·erworld·li·est

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the affairs of life rather than with spiritual affairs <They lost all their worldly possessions in the fire.>

  2. 2 :  worldly-wise

world·li·ness noun




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