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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If the earthly departures of those two women still leave holes in the heart, then their supporting musicians did their best at this gig to groove through the losses. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 10: Kip Moore, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Phantogram & more," 7 July 2018 Today the Taj Mahal appears less a testament to eternal love than a symbol of India's very earthly environmental troubles. Shashank Bengali,, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 That would mean affirming the value and distinctiveness of American ideals, despite earthly failings that can accompany them. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "A New Gateway to the West," 2 July 2018 How poorly her earthly sisters in present-day India are faring. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 And even the meekest can inherit the earthly title of champion or near-champion. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 Sanders and Van Hollen had big issues with Vought’s views, but never explained why they were germane to his performance of the very earthly duties at OMB. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "No, Democrats Won’t Impose a ‘Religious Test’ on Amy Coney Barrett," 7 July 2018 For now, Speller appears fixed on more earthly rewards: His lawsuit calls for a jury trial, and $250,000 in damages. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg inmate signed up for Ramadan fast. Now he's suing because he got hungry.," 5 July 2018 By the time their medical training is over, physicians have already devoted a good chunk of their earthly existence to working hard, achieving, and making sacrifices just to have an opportunity to go into the profession. Timothy J. Hoff, STAT, "Medical training programs need to care about physician burnout. Should the rest of us?," 21 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of earthly

: having to do with life on the Earth

: imaginable or possible


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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