before 1000; Middle English erth
)ly, Old English eorthlīc.
earthliness, nounsuperearthly, adjective
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
secular, temporal, mortal. Earthly, terrestrial, worldly, mundane
refer to that which is concerned with the earth literally or figuratively. Earthly
now almost always implies a contrast to that which is heavenly: earthly pleasures; our earthly home. Terrestrial
from Latin, is the dignified equivalent of earthly
and it applies to the earth as a planet or to the land as opposed to the water: the terrestrial globe; terrestrial areas. Worldly
is commonly used in the sense of being devoted to the vanities, cares, advantages, or gains of this present life to the exclusion of spiritual interests or the life to come: worldly success; worldly standards. Mundane
from Latin, is a formal equivalent of worldly
and suggests that which is bound to the earth, is not exalted, and therefore is commonplace: mundane pursuits.