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WORLDLY (worldlier, worldliest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does worldly mean? 

WORLDLY (adjective)
  The adjective WORLDLY has 3 senses:

1. characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world
2. very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world
3. concerned with secular rather than sacred matters

  Familiarity information: WORLDLY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


WORLDLY (adjective)


Sense 1worldly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world

Context example:

worldly goods and advancement

Similar:

economic (concerned with worldly necessities of life (especially money))

material (concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests)

materialistic; mercenary; worldly-minded (marked by materialism)

mundane; terrestrial (concerned with the world or worldly matters)

temporal (of the material world)

Also:

earthly (of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven)

sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)

Antonym:

unworldly (not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations)


Sense 2worldly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world

Synonyms:

blase; worldly

Context examples:

the blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as 'the pond' / the benefits of his worldly wisdom

Similar:

sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)


Sense 3worldly [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with secular rather than sacred matters

Synonyms:

worldly; temporal

Context example:

lords temporal and spiritual

Similar:

profane (not sacred or concerned with religion)


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