earthly

[urth-lee]
adjective, earthlier, earthliest.
1.
of or pertaining to the earth, especially as opposed to heaven; worldly.
2.
possible or conceivable: an invention of no earthly use to anyone.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English erth(e)ly, Old English eorthlīc. See earth, -ly

earthliness, noun
superearthly, adjective

earthly, earthy (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. 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.


1. spiritual, divine.
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earthly (ˈɜːθlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  of or characteristic of the earth as opposed to heaven; material or materialistic; worldly
2.  informal (usually used with a negative) conceivable or possible; feasible (in such phrases as not an earthly (chance), etc)
 
'earthliness
 
n

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earthly
O.E. eorþlic; see earth + -ly (1).
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Example sentences
They don't make much money, because some things are more valuable than earthly
  rewards.
These divides of left and right are constructed to get us consumed in arguments
  of no earthly important to elite monopolists.
The church, even when it was winning impressively large number of converts,
  wielded no earthly power.
Such a tiny difference seemed impossible to measure by earthly experiments.
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