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worldly Line breaks: world¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈwəːldli/

Definition of worldly in English:

adjective (worldlier, worldliest)

1Of or concerned with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence: his ambitions for worldly success
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  • 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.
earthly, terrestrial, temporal, mundane, mortal, human, non-spiritual, unspiritual, material, materialistic, physical, tangible, carnal, fleshly, bodily, corporeal, gross, sensual, base, sordid, vile, profane;
2(Of a person) experienced and sophisticated: she was much more worldly than Nora and dismissed the slur
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  • 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.
sophisticated, experienced, worldly-wise, knowledgeable, knowing, aware, enlightened, shrewd, astute, perceptive, media-savvy, mature, seasoned, cosmopolitan, urbane, cultivated, cultured, unprovincial


worldly goods (or possessions or wealth)
Everything that one owns: a parcel that contained all his worldly goods
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈwəːldlɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Old English woruldlic (see world, -ly1).

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