Definition of unworldly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈwərldlē/


1(Of a person) not having much awareness of the realities of life, in particular, not motivated by material or practical considerations: she was so shrewd in some ways, but hopelessly unworldly in others
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  • His eldest son is a simple, unworldly soldier, who has lived most of his life in India.
  • Far from the stereotypical businessman exploiting unworldly people, he had a refined appreciation for both silk production and the Thai way of life.
  • Would this lead me to be suspected as one of those apparently unworldly people who don't ‘get it’?
1.1Not seeming to belong to this planet; strange: the unworldly monolith loomed four stories high
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  • From now on, the notion of an unworldly pontiff belongs at best to magic-realist fiction.
  • He did not know where he was, but despite his strange surroundings and the unworldly heat and glaze, he could tell he was still in a prison.
  • He is an expert magician who specializes in debunking those who use magic techniques to claim psychic or otherwise unworldly powers.
unearthly, otherworldly, ethereal, ghostly, preternatural, supernatural, paranormal, mystical



Example sentences
  • ‘I wanted to do it and I did it,’ she says, slightly amazed at the memory of her own unworldliness.
  • He is amused by their unworldliness and their belief that they cannot enforce economy on Government unless they practise it themselves.
  • For all his unworldliness, Gray has always been anxious about the reception of his work.

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Syllabification: un·world·ly

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