Synonyms & Antonyms of earthly

having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven
  • a sermon against our obsession with earthly pursuits

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How is the word earthly distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words mundane and worldly are common synonyms of earthly. While all three words 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

When is mundane a more appropriate choice than earthly?

In some situations, the words mundane and earthly are roughly equivalent. However, mundane suggests reference to the immediate and practical.

a mundane discussion of finances

How are the words worldly and mundane related as synonyms of earthly?

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

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The first known use of earthly was before the 12th century

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“Earthly.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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