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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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 This early recording is unique—brisk and pugnacious, a stormy, bitter Schubert raging against his earthly fetters and then distilling his passions, in the last movement, into headlong lunges, dazzling whirls, and delicate pirouettes. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "An Underheralded Pianist Whose Life’s Work Is on YouTube," 12 Mar. 2020 The story of Skell, Llao and the earthly maiden thus seems to be an interpretation of real events that has been passed on intact for almost eight millennia. The Economist, "Geomythology An Australian legend may be the world’s oldest datable story," 27 Feb. 2020 The annual festival, traditionally a time to indulge in food, drink and other earthly pleasures before the Lenten fast, will attract around 5m revellers to the streets of Brazil’s second-largest city. The Economist, "Daily chart Carnival in Brazil lifts the national mood," 22 Feb. 2020 The two leaping animals seem both earthly and ethereal. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Japanese Artist Chiura Obata Came to Be an American Great," 29 Jan. 2020 The peacemakers may well be blessed in the hereafter, but in the earthly realm they are treated as badly as the poor and the meek. Garry Kasparov, The New York Review of Books, "A Popular Front to Stop Trump," 28 Jan. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 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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