this-world·​li·​ness ˈt͟his-ˈwərld-lē-nəs How to pronounce this-worldliness (audio)
: interest in, concern with, or devotion to things of this world especially as opposed to a future stage of existence (as after death)

Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of this-worldliness was in 1887

Dictionary Entries Near this-worldliness

Cite this Entry

“This-worldliness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love It or Hate It

  • heart-fire
  • When asked about her blind date, Carol spoke for hours with vitriol.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?