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unworldly

[uhn-wurld-lee] /ʌnˈwɜrld li/
adjective
1.
not worldly; not seeking material advantage; spiritually minded.
2.
naive; unsophisticated; provincial.
3.
not terrestrial; unearthly.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; un-1 + worldly
Related forms
unworldliness, noun
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Examples from the web for unworldly
  • The water was murky, which only added to the mood of unworldly discovery this bizarre apparition is clearly meant to impart.
  • Actors also portray ghosts and other unworldly creatures.
  • These so-called scholars are a profoundly petty, unworldly and intellectually average lot.
  • Poe's life was tragic, but he was about as unworldly as a bale of cotton.
  • When a human being without amplification makes a sound that is high and loud, it is almost unworldly.
  • Celia was well read but unworldly, devout but questioning.
  • Some are edible, some are poisonous, and others produce unworldly hallucinations when consumed.
  • Susan herself was raised in the area and though that's where she is now, by no means is she unworldly.
  • When the incinerator is in operation, it produces an unworldly whir.
British Dictionary definitions for unworldly

unworldly

/ʌnˈwɜːldlɪ/
adjective
1.
not concerned with material values or pursuits
2.
lacking sophistication; naive
3.
not of this earth or world
Derived Forms
unworldliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unworldly
adj.

1707, from un- (1) "not" + worldly.

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