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worldly

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of worldly

  1. 1 having a wide and refined knowledge of the world especially from personal experience she returned from her year as an exchange student a much more worldly person Synonyms of worldly cosmopolitan, smart, sophisticated, worldly-wiseWords Related to worldly suave, urbane; civilized, cultivated, cultured, polished, refined; experienced, knowing, practiced, schooled, seasoned; bored, cynical, jaded, skeptical; down-to-earth, pragmatic (also pragmatical), realistic, soberNear Antonyms of worldly callow, green, inexperienced, raw; parochial, provincial, rustic (also rustical); philistine, uncivilized, uncultured, unrefined; childlike, simple, simpleminded; idealistic, impractical; uncritical, unknowingAntonyms of worldly guileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), unsophisticated, untutored, unworldly, wide-eyed

  2. 2 having to do with life on earth especially as opposed to that in heaven preoccupied with worldly concerns Synonyms of worldly carnal, earthborn, earthbound, fleshly, material, mundane, sublunary, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, earthlyWords Related to worldly animal, bodily, corporal, corporeal, physical; daily, diurnal; unspiritual; anthropic (or anthropical), anthropocentricNear Antonyms of worldly celestial, Elysian, empyreal, empyrean, supernal; metaphysical; devotional, divine, religious, sacred, spiritual, utopian; extraterrestrial; ethereal, supernatural, transcendent, transcendentalAntonyms of worldly heavenly, nontemporal, unearthly, unworldly

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

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