What does worldly mean?

Definitions for worldly
ˈwɜrld liworld·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worldly, secular, temporaladjective

    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

    "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"

  2. blase, worldlyadjective

    very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world

    "the blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as `the pond'"; "the benefits of his worldly wisdom"


  1. worldlyadverb

    In a worldly manner.

  2. worldlyadjective

    Concerned with human or earthly matters, physical as opposed to spiritual.

  3. worldlyadjective

    Concerned with secular rather than sacred matters.

  4. worldlyadjective

    Sophisticated, especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Worldlyadjective

    Etymology: from world.

    He is divinely bent to meditation;
    And in no worldly suits would he be moved,
    To draw him from his holy exercise. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Hast thou not worldly pleasure at command? William Shakespeare.

    Tell me, ye toad-swol’n, flinty Pharoah’s, tell;
    Can worldly pleasures equal pains of hell? Nathanael Richards.

    The fortitude of a christian consists in patience, not in enterprizes which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride, and worldly honour. Dryden.

    Compare the happiness of men and beasts no farther than it results from worldly advantages. Francis Atterbury.

    They’ll practise how to live secure,
    Worldly or dissolute, on that their lords
    Shall leave them to enjoy. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi.

    Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean, but that one only hand which erected it. Richard Hooker.

    Times and places are approved witnesses of worldly actions. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

  2. Worldlyadverb

    With relation to the present life.

    Etymology: from world.

    It is a token of a worldly wise man, not to contend in vain against the nature of times wherein he liveth. Walter Raleigh.

    Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise,
    By simply meek. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    This cannot be done, if my will be worldly, or voluptuously disposed. Robert South, Sermons.

    Since your mind is worldly bent,
    Therefore of the two gifts in my dispose,
    Think ere you speak, I grant you leave to choose. Dryden.


  1. worldly

    Worldly refers to being experienced and sophisticated, particularly involving matters concerning the materialistic aspects of life or values associated with it. It often suggests a deep understanding and involvement in practical, everyday matters rather than spiritual or abstract ideas. This term can also mean being concerned or obsessed with temporal matters, possessions, or worldly pleasures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worldlyadjective

    relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions

  2. Worldlyadjective

    pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to this life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men

  3. Worldlyadjective

    lay, as opposed to clerical

  4. Worldlyadverb

    with relation to this life; in a worldly manner

  5. Etymology: [AS. woroldlic.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of worldly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of worldly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of worldly in a Sentence

  1. Buddha:

    Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.

  2. Earl Woods:

    My dad was always the person who would plant seeds and give me encouragement but also would say things that would fester inside me that wouldn't come to fruition for a while, he was very worldly and deep in his thinking. My mom was the enforcer. My dad may have been in the Special Forces, but I was never afraid of him. My mom's still here, and I'm still deathly afraid of her. She's a very tough, tough old lady, very demanding. She was the hand, she was the one, I love her so much, but she was tough.

  3. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2:

    I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated To closeness and the bettering of my mind.

  4. Chris Aronson:

    You can't make this stuff up, the fact that there was the announcement on the same week as our film just excites people. Human beings are just interested in other worldly things right now.

  5. Kat Von D:

    The funny thing is that I’ve known since I was 7 years old that I was never going to have kids, i always imagined myself as this worldly, traveling, gypsy lady.

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