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worldly

[wurld-lee] /ˈwɜrld li/
adjective, worldlier, worldliest.
1.
of or pertaining to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.; earthly; mundane.
2.
experienced; knowing; sophisticated:
the benefits of his worldly wisdom.
3.
devoted to, directed toward, or connected with the affairs, interests, or pleasures of this world.
4.
of or pertaining to the people or laity; secular; neither ecclesiastical nor religious.
5.
Obsolete. of, pertaining to, or existing on earth.
adverb
6.
in a worldly manner (archaic except in combination):
worldly-wise; worldly-minded.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wor(u)ldlīc. See world, -ly
Related forms
worldliness, noun
preworldliness, noun
preworldly, adjective
superworldliness, noun
superworldly, adjective
Synonyms
1. temporal. See earthly. 2. urbane, cosmopolitan.
Antonyms
1. spiritual.
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British Dictionary definitions for worldliness

worldly

/ˈwɜːldlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
not spiritual; mundane or temporal
2.
Also worldly-minded. absorbed in or concerned with material things or matters that are immediately relevant
3.
Also worldly-wise. versed in the ways of the world; sophisticated
4.
(archaic) existing on or relating to the earth
5.
(obsolete) secular; lay
adverb
6.
(archaic) in a worldly manner
Derived Forms
worldliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for worldliness

worldly

adj.

Old English woruldlic, from the roots of world and like (adj.). A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Frisian wraldlik, Old Saxon weroldlik, Middle Dutch wereldlik, German weltlich, Old Norse veraldligr). Worldly-wise is recorded from c.1400.

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