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Meaning of WORLDLY

Pronunciation:  'wurldlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  concerned with secular rather than sacred matters; "lords temporal and spiritual"
  2. [adj]  very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world; "the blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as `the pond'"; "the benefits of his worldly wisdom"
  3. [adj]  characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world; "worldly goods and advancement"

WORLDLY is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: blase, economic, material, materialistic, mercenary, mundane, profane, sophisticated, temporal, terrestrial, worldly-minded
 Antonyms: unworldly
 See Also: earthly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \World"ly\, a. [AS. woroldlic.]
    1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims;
       worldly actions. ``I thus neglecting worldly ends.''
             Many years it hath continued, standing by no other
             worldly mean but that one only hand which erected
             it.                                   --Hooker.
    2. Pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction
       from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to this
       life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly
       pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men.
             With his soul fled all my worldly solace. --Shak.
    3. Lay, as opposed to clerical. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \World"ly\, adv.
    With relation to this life; in a worldly manner.
          Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise By simply
          meek.                                    --Milton.