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First Known Use of worldly-wise
Synonymscosmopolitan, smart, sophisticated, worldly
Antonymsguileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), unsophisticated, untutored, unworldly, wide-eyed
Related Wordssuave, urbane; civilized, cultivated, cultured, polished, refined; experienced, knowing, practiced, schooled, seasoned; bored, cynical, jaded, skeptical; down-to-earth, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realistic, sober
Near Antonymscallow, green, inexperienced, raw; parochial, provincial, rustic (also rustical); philistine, uncivilized, uncultured, unrefined; childlike, simple, simpleminded; idealistic, impractical; uncritical, unknowing
Synonym Discussion of worldly-wise
- guests at her salon were usually rich and sophisticated
- a worldly-wise woman with a philosophy of personal independence
- blasé travelers who claimed to have been everywhere
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