adjective (worldlier, worldliest)
- 1Of or concerned with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence: his ambitions for worldly successMore example sentences
- At this age I've had a lot of career and I'm less concerned about my worldly success.
- In a culture that measures everything in terms of size, success, and influence, we have to say no to these worldly values as well.
- From his seat in exile at Rumtek, he had built a spiritual and worldly empire with millions of followers and extensive assets.
- 2(Of a person) experienced and sophisticated: she was much more worldly than Nora and dismissed the slurMore example sentences
- Younger people will ask you important and earnest questions only an experienced and worldly man of age can answer.
- She uses particular features to portray herself as a sophisticated, worldly woman.
- Australians love America, but any worldly person knows you do not threaten Aussies.
worldly goods (or possessions or wealth)
- Everything that one owns: a parcel that contained all his worldly goodsMore example sentences
- Understanding that his spiritual development was more valuable than worldly wealth, he accepted, instead, 657 religious manuscripts.
- Also, some of Carmena's worldly possessions were quite valuable.
- With their donkeys carrying all their worldly possessions, they arrived following an exhausting trek four days ago.
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- Others may have been greater soldiers and statesmen, but none personified the civilised virtues of affability, tolerance, worldliness and wit as much as he.
- His worldliness and seductive charm awakens in Anna a consciousness that has a dramatic impact on her relationship with David.
- These days the cloak of sophistication and worldliness clung to him like a second skin.