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
Recent Examples on the Web The figures connect with earthly elements: raindrops, stones and gems, bones, rainbows, flowers, mountains, and thunder. Kiara Ventura, Teen Vogue, "Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski's Art Explores Freedom and Fantasy," 24 Jan. 2020 Moleski challenges the foundational texts many live by and believe in by creating fantasies of her own that tell stories of earthly and cosmic creations. Kiara Ventura, Teen Vogue, "Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski's Art Explores Freedom and Fantasy," 24 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, that's when his earthly vessel failed and local life squad members had to place his body on a gurney. Scott Springer,, "Long-time La Salle fan Donald Kleingers dies after incident at Lancers basketball game," 22 Jan. 2020 As our population continues to climb, almost no earthly terrain remains untouched by human hands. Ryan Huling, Wired, "Maps Are Biased Against Animals," 21 Jan. 2020 The Chartreuse tattoos sported by bartenders around the world come in all sorts of forms — some simple, some ornate, often a mixture of sacred and earthly imagery. Washington Post, "Chartreuse liqueur’s popularity has soared. But how do you market the elixir without offending the monks who make it?," 19 Nov. 2019 Perfection is not attainable in this earthly realm, but Audra McDonald came as close as humanly possible in her Los Angeles Opera concert Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Charles Mcnulty,, "Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical," 21 May 2018 According to Hindu legend, the Milky Way became this earthly body of water to wash away humanity’s sins. New York Times, "The Ganges Brims With Dangerous Bacteria," 23 Dec. 2019 Jesus began his earthly ministry with fasting, and expected followers to fast as well. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Why some Christians are fasting this holiday season," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Feb 2020

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“Earthly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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