Definition of earthly in English:

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earthly

Pronunciation: /ˈəːθli/

adjective (earthlier, earthliest)

1Relating to the earth or human life: water is liquid at normal earthly temperatures
More example sentences
  • Humans and other earthly life forms evolved within the protective shell of the magnetosphere and the atmosphere, shielded from most of the harmful solar and cosmic radiation.
  • The question remains: is the concurrent rise of solar activity and of earthly temperatures a coincidence or a cause-and-effect relationship?
  • Roughly 4.5 billion years from now, Lyotard reminds us, the sun will explode, destroying the earth and all earthly life.
Synonyms
1.1Relating to humankind’s material existence as distinct from a spiritual or heavenly one: all earthly happiness is but vanity
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  • Lijiang, a poetic place in South China's Yunnan Province, offers a heavenly escape from earthly troubles and anxieties.
  • It remains gloriously aloof from man's bitter quarrels, soaring, with a heavenly grace, beyond earthly feuds.
  • He was a fierce, conflicted hater who never quite reconciled his earthly and spiritual ambitions.
Synonyms
worldly, temporal, secular, mortal, human, mundane, material, non-spiritual, materialistic;
gross, base, sordid, vile, profane
2 [with negative] informal Used for emphasis: there was no earthly reason why she should not come too
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  • Before last week, the Latino share of the electorate had risen steadily for a decade and a half, and there's no earthly reason to think it won't resume its upward climb in 2004.
  • What was most galling was that there was no earthly reason why the Leinster final couldn't comfortably have been brought forward by a week or a fortnight.
  • There is no earthly reason for you to call it a day.
Synonyms
feasible, possible, likely, conceivable, imaginable, perceivable

Phrases

not stand (or have) an earthly

British informal Have no chance at all: she wouldn’t stand an earthly if she tried to outrun him
More example sentences
  • Warnock didn't have an earthly with the conversion.
  • Consider the pounding the dressing room has taken in the last week or so and his men surely didn't stand an earthly.

Derivatives

earthliness

Pronunciation: /ˈəːθlɪnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Jeunet made the capricious Amélie with her in 2001, and ‘capricious’ is the only word for a movie that itself strained to wed the serendipity of surrealism to the earthliness of affinity.
  • And it is in this arena that the ‘earthliness’ of the Church often gets caught up with its divine aspect - where the rubber hits the road, so to speak.
  • Given that his grandfather is among the top three world coaches, and that his father has a earthliness that is equally impressive, Daniel has started his golfing life with every possible advantage.

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