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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.

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. 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.

  2. Van Wyck Brooks:

    Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.

  3. Francis Quarles:

    Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.

  4. Merlin Figama Worshipper:

    Humanism without the root of love will be a cruel world see worldly hypocrisy.

  5. Bryant McGill:

    Success is a spiritual process, not a worldly one.

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    being essentially equal to something
    • A. equivalent
    • B. foreordained
    • C. adscripted
    • D. incumbent

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