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?

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
Recent Examples on the Web For Western Christians, Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week, a commemoration of the final week in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his resurrection on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 17 this year. Grayson Quay, The Week, 10 Apr. 2022 The jingles shimmered and rang, giggling at us poor souls anchored agog in our seats while all earthly life was happening on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 The clear conscience, the free mind moving towards Poetry, friends, the old earthly rewards. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Organizers stressed the importance of not only making divine appeals but carrying out concrete, earthly action, and provided resources for students to do so., 20 Mar. 2022 Various cultures have bestowed nicknames to moons based on earthly cycles. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2022 This occurs when the moon is near the horizon and our eyes compare the moon's size to trees, buildings or other earthly objects. Angie Orellana Hernandez And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 One of these qualities is our special human ability to wield tools and craft ivory, wood, metal, and other earthly materials into instruments. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Also unlike the young man, however, Brother Thomas gave away his earthly wealth and followed Jesus. Andrew Doran, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of earthly

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

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18 Apr 2022

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“Earthly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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