earth·​ly | \ ˈərth-lē How to pronounce earthly (audio) \

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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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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Time off was the flip side of the punishing Victorian work ethic, an earthly reward for laborious sacrifice. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Invention of the “Beach Read”," 14 June 2019 But Chiang also talked about the earthly research that went into Galaxy’s Edge. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 There were obvious and significant spiritual benefits of gaining that kind of elevation: seen from above, the earth and all earthly concerns took on their true dimensions. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 Unholy Creatures Walked Among Us Other designers preferred to explore less earthly realms, reaching for that juncture between the grotesque and gorgeous. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of earthly

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

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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 How to pronounce earthly (audio) \

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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