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world·ly

 (wûrld′lē)
adj. world·li·er, world·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or devoted to the material world, especially in contrast to spiritual concerns.
2. Experienced in human affairs; sophisticated or worldly-wise: "an experienced and worldly man who had been almost everywhere" (Willa Cather).
adv.
In a worldly manner.

world′li·ness n.

worldly

(ˈwɜːldlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. not spiritual; mundane or temporal
2. Also: worldly-minded absorbed in or concerned with material things or matters that are immediately relevant
3. Also: worldly-wise versed in the ways of the world; sophisticated
4. archaic existing on or relating to the earth
5. obsolete secular; lay
adv
archaic in a worldly manner
ˈworldliness n

world•ly

(ˈwɜrld li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. of or pertaining to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.; earthly; mundane.
2. experienced; knowing; sophisticated.
3. devoted to or connected with the material or sensual pleasures of this world: a worldly clergy; worldly temptations.
adv.
4. in a worldly manner (archaic except in combination): worldly-wise; worldly-minded.
[before 900]
world′li•ness, n.
syn: See earthly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.worldly - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
earthly - of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven; "earthly beings"; "believed that our earthly life is all that matters"; "earthly love"; "our earthly home"
profane, secular - not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"
unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney
2.worldly - very sophisticated especially because of surfeitworldly - 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"
sophisticated - having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire; "sophisticated young socialites"; "a sophisticated audience"; "a sophisticated lifestyle"; "a sophisticated book"

worldly

adjective
1. earthly, lay, physical, fleshly, secular, mundane, terrestrial, temporal, carnal, profane, sublunary It is time you woke up and focused your thoughts on more worldly matters.
earthly heavenly, spiritual, divine, ethereal, immaterial, transcendental, unworldly, noncorporeal
2. materialistic, grasping, selfish, greedy, avaricious, covetous, worldly-minded He has repeatedly criticized Western churches as being too worldly.
materialistic moral, unworldly, nonmaterialistic
3. worldly-wise, knowing, experienced, politic, sophisticated, cosmopolitan, urbane, blasé, well versed in the ways of the world He was worldly and sophisticated, quite unlike me.
worldly-wise innocent, naive, unsophisticated, unworldly, ingenuous
Quotations
"Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise" [Francis Quarles Emblems]

worldly

adjective
1. Relating to or characteristic of the earth or of human life on earth:
2. Not religious in subject matter, form, or use:
3. Experienced in the ways of the world; lacking natural simplicity:
Translations
من هذا العالَم، دُنْيَوي، أرْضي
jordiskverdslig
világias
veraldlegur
dünyevîmaddî

worldly

[ˈwɜːldlɪ] ADJ (worldlier (compar) (worldliest (superl)))
1. (= material) [success, pleasures] → mundano, material
all my worldly goodstodos mis bienes materiales
2. (= experienced) → con (mucho) mundo
he was more worldly than other boys his agetenía más mundo que otros muchachos de su edad
worldly wisdommundo m, saber m mundano
3. (= sophisticated) → sofisticado

worldly

[ˈwɜːrldli] adj
(= earthly) [concerns, matters, interests] → terrestre
worldly things → les choses terrestres
one's worldly goods → ses biens terrestres
(= experienced) [person, manner] → rompu(e) aux usages du mondeworldly-wise [ˌwɜːrldliˈwaɪz] adjrompu(e) aux usages du monde
to be worldly-wise → connaître bien les usages du monde
She's very worldly-wise for her age → Elle connaît très bien les usages du monde malgré son jeune âge.world music nworld music fworld power npuissance f mondialeworld record nrecord m du monde
the world record holder → le détenteur du record du mondeworld scale n
on a world scale → à l'échelle mondialeWorld Series n (US) the World Series → le championnat national de baseballWorld Service n (British) service international de la BBCWorld title ntitre m mondialWorld Trade Organization n
the World Trade Organization → l'Organisation f mondiale du commerceworld view world-view [ˌwɜːrldˈvjuː] nvision f du mondeWorld War One nla première guerre mondialeWorld War Two nla seconde guerre mondialeworld-weary [ˌwɜːrldˈwɪəri] adjlas de ce monde(lasse)worldwide world-wide [ˌwɜːrldˈwaɪd]
adjmondial(e)
adv (= all over the world) → dans le monde entierWorld Wide Web n
the World Wide Web → le Web

worldly

adj (+er)
(= material) success, ambition, wealthmateriell; worldly thingsweltliche Dinge
weltlich; personweltlich gesinnt; (= sophisticated) mannerweltmännisch; worldly innocenceWeltfremdheit f; worldly wisdomWeltklugheit f

worldly

[ˈwɜːldlɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (matters, person) → mondano/a; (attitude, pleasures) → materiale

world

(wəːld) noun
1. the planet Earth. every country of the world.
2. the people who live on the planet Earth. The whole world is waiting for a cure for cancer.
3. any planet etc. people from other worlds.
4. a state of existence. Many people believe that after death the soul enters the next world; Do concentrate! You seem to be living in another world.
5. an area of life or activity. the insect world; the world of the international businessman.
6. a great deal. The holiday did him a/the world of good.
7. the lives and ways of ordinary people. He's been a monk for so long that he knows nothing of the (outside) world.
ˈworldly adjective
of or belonging to this world; not spiritual. worldly pleasures.
ˈworldliness noun
ˌworldˈwide adjective, adverb
(extending over or found) everywhere in the world. a worldwide sales network; Their products are sold worldwide.
World Wide WebWWWthe best of both worlds
the advantages of both the alternatives in a situation etc in which one can normally only expect to have one. A woman has the best of both worlds when she has a good job and a happy family life.
for all the world
exactly, quite etc. What a mess you're in! You look for all the world as if you'd had an argument with an express train.
out of this world
unbelievably marvellous. The concert was out of this world.
what in the world(?)
used for emphasis when asking a question. What in the world have you done to your hair?
References in classic literature ?
Her faith in her mother was a little shaken by the worldly plans attributed to her by Mrs.
He began to remember that when he was a student in college and occasionally read novels, good although somewhat worldly women, had smoked through the pages of a book that had once fallen into his hands.
He seemed to us an experienced and worldly man who had been almost everywhere; in his conversation he threw out lightly the names of distant states and cities.
Highcamp was a worldly but unaffected, intelligent, slim, tall blonde woman in the forties, with an indifferent manner and blue eyes that stared.
If she, with her own worldly experience, could think of this now, why might not George Kearney have thought?
Or will he, after the tomb-like seclusion of the past day and night, go forth a humbled and repentant man, sorrowful, gentle, seeking no profit, shrinking from worldly honor, hardly daring to love God, but bold to love his fellow man, and to do him what good he may?
The impression made by his aspect, so rigid and severe, and frost-bitten with more than autumnal age, was hardly in keeping with the appliances of worldly enjoyment wherewith he had evidently done his utmost to surround himself.
With these he lived successively a week at a time, thus going the rounds of the neighborhood, with all his worldly effects tied up in a cotton handkerchief.
Can it be, then, that by that act of physical isolation, he signifies his spiritual withdrawal for the time, from all outward worldly ties and connexions?
The Lord only gives us our worldly goods that we may do justice and mercy; if our rulers require a price of us for it, we must deliver it up.
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least--and it is commonly more than that--sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
tis to forsake the ways of purity the which He loveth, and wanton with such as be worldly and an offense.