worldly

adjective world·ly \ ˈwər(-ə)ld-lē , ˈwərl-lē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of worldly

1 : of, relating to, or devoted to this world and its pursuits rather than to religion or spiritual affairs

worldliness

noun

Examples of worldly in a Sentence

  1. She is more worldly than her younger sister.

  2. she returned from her year as an exchange student a much more worldly person

Recent Examples of worldly from the Web

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First Known Use of worldly

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of worldly

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


WORLDLY Defined for English Language Learners

worldly

adjective

Definition of worldly for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the human world and ordinary life rather than to religious or spiritual matters

  • : having a lot of practical experience and knowledge about life and the world


WORLDLY Defined for Kids

worldly

adjective world·ly \ ˈwərld-lē \

Definition of worldly for Students

worldlier; worldliest
1 : of or relating to the affairs of life rather than with spiritual affairs They lost all their worldly possessions in the fire.

worldliness

noun


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