un·​world·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈwər(-ə)l-dlē How to pronounce unworldly (audio) , -ˈwərl-lē \

Definition of unworldly

1 : not of this world : unearthly specifically : spiritual
2a : not wise in the ways of the world : naive
b : not swayed by mundane considerations

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unworldliness \ ˌən-​ˈwərl(d)-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce unworldliness (audio) \ noun

Examples of unworldly in a Sentence

the unworldly beauty of the Grand Canyon the guy's unworldly enough to think that any stranger who would approach him on a city street is simply trying to help him
Recent Examples on the Web In the premiere episode, portentously directed by Shyamalan with a lot of odd framing and looming close-ups, Sean and Dorothy welcome the dowdy, pious, unworldly Leanne (Nell Tiger Free). Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Thanksgiving Feast of Twists," 28 Nov. 2019 After the birth of our daughter, my wife developed an unworldly ability to process sounds while in a deep sleep. Washington Post, "The questions that keep parents up at night," 24 Oct. 2019 Saccone is not some jackleg preacher who wandered barefoot out of the woods one day, calling down fire and brimstone on the unworldly. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 The dishes are built from layers upon layers of flavors, combining in an unworldly melange of complex tastes. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Yes, Indian cooking uses a lot of spices. Yes, it’s worth it | Charlotte Observer," 26 Jan. 2018 Stuck up into that unworldly sky was the cone of Mount Adams, and the alpenglow was upon it. Sari Botton, Longreads, "The Sun Was Going and the World Was Wrong," 17 Aug. 2017 With neon bright hues, these unworldly plants twist their foliage and branches into strange shapes – tubes, pitchers, even snakes. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "These hungry bug eaters put on a show," 21 July 2017 Stuck up into that unworldly sky was the cone of Mount Adams, and the alpenglow was upon it. Annie Dillard, The Atlantic, "Annie Dillard's Classic Essay: 'Total Eclipse'," 20 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of unworldly

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unworldly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworldly. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unworldly

: having or showing a lack of experience or knowledge of the world
: having an unusual quality that does not seem to be of this world

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