earthly

adjective
earth·​ly | \ ˈərth-lē \

Definition of earthly

1a : characteristic of or belonging to this earth
b : relating to the human race's actual life on this earth
2 : possible of what earthly use is it?

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Other Words from earthly

earthliness noun

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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

Examples of earthly in a Sentence

a sermon against our obsession with earthly pursuits

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The president made a decision involving America’s troops and the parts of his administration most closely involved in executing that decision have no earthly idea what to do about it. Alex Ward, Vox, "No one knows what’s happening with Trump’s Syria decision," 20 Dec. 2018 Chani Nicholas, the Los Angeles astrologer with a social-justice bent, has a lot to say about the synchronicity between the stars above and earthly matters below. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 For more than 200 years, no entitlement program has been immune from the expansionary pressures that inexorably drive entitlement liberalizations, and there is no earthly reason to think Mr. Rubio’s plan will prove the exception. John F. Cogan, WSJ, "Rubio’s Family-Leave Benefit Will Go the Way of All Entitlements," 4 Sep. 2018 In theory, however, there’s more to lose on this earthly plane, provided the show can find a way to finagle it. Karen Han, Vox, "The Good Place episode 5 recap: “Jeremy Bearimy” gets season 3 back on track," 19 Oct. 2018 Some of the French philosophes explicitly attributed human happiness to earthly possessions, material pleasure and successful social striving. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018 Everyone else from that first magical season has either left Seattle or the earthly plane completely. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Grey's Anatomy Season 15 Predictions: 15 Things That Absolutely Must Happen," 27 Sep. 2018 Mystical beauty product pick: Zoya Nail Lacquer in Ryan, $10 (Shop Now) Green Green is the color of Earth, growth, and therefore also of earthly possessions. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Color Magick: A Beginner's Guide to Harnessing the Power of Every Color," 25 Sep. 2018 That’s because there’s no earthly analog to space motion sickness. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "SpaceX’s Moon loop will affect passengers’ health — here’s how," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of earthly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of earthly was before the 12th century

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earthly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of earthly

: having to do with life on the Earth
: imaginable or possible

earthly

adjective
earth·​ly | \ ˈərth-lē \

Kids Definition of earthly

1 : having to do with or belonging to the earth
2 : imaginable, possible It's of no earthly use.

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