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earth·ly

 (ûrth′lē)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of this earth.
2.
a. Terrestrial; not heavenly or divine: earthly existence.
b. Worldly: earthly delights; one's earthly possessions.
3. Conceivable; possible: no earthly meaning whatever.

earth′li·ness n.

earthly

(ˈɜːθlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
1. of or characteristic of the earth as opposed to heaven; material or materialistic; worldly
2. (usually used with a negative) informal conceivable or possible; feasible (in such phrases as not an earthly (chance), etc)
ˈearthliness n

earth•ly

(ˈɜrθ li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. of or pertaining to the earth, esp. as opposed to heaven; worldly.
2. possible or conceivable: an invention of no earthly use to anyone.
[before 1000]
earth′li•ness, n.
syn: earthly, terrestrial, worldly, mundane refer to that which is concerned with the earth literally or figuratively. earthly now almost always implies a contrast to that which is heavenly: earthly pleasures; our earthly home. terrestrial applies to the earth as a planet or to land as opposed to water: the terrestrial globe; terrestrial areas. worldly is commonly used in the sense of being devoted to the vanities, cares, advantages, or gains of physical existence to the exclusion of spiritual interests or the afterlife: worldly success; worldly standards. mundane is a formal equivalent of worldly and suggests that which is bound to the earth, is not exalted, and therefore is commonplace: mundane pursuits.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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"
mortal - subject to death; "mortal beings"
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"
worldly, secular, temporal - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god

earthly

adjective
2. sensual, worldly, base, physical, gross, low, fleshly, bodily, vile, sordid, carnal He has forsworn all earthly pleasures for the duration of a season.
3. (Informal) possible, likely, practical, feasible, conceivable, imaginable What earthly reason would they have for lying?

earthly

adjective
1. Relating to or characteristic of the earth or of human life on earth:
2. Capable of being anticipated, considered, or imagined:
Idioms: humanly possible, within the bounds of possibility.
Translations
أَرْضيمُمْكِـن
jordiskverdslig
földisemmi néven nevezendõ
jarîneskurmögulegur
pozemský
dünyevîmaddîmümkün

earthly

[ˈɜːθlɪ]
A. ADJ
1. (= terrestrial) → terrenal; (= worldly) → mundano
earthly paradiseparaíso m terrenal
2. (= possible) there is no earthly reason to thinkno existe razón alguna para pensar ...
it's of no earthly useno sirve para nada
B. N (Brit) he hasn't an earthlyno tiene posibilidad alguna, no tiene ninguna esperanza

earthly

[ˈɜːrθli] adj
(on earth) [life] → terrestre earthly paradise
(used for emphasis) no earthly reason (= no reason at all) → aucune raison, pas la moindre raison
There is no earthly reason to think → Il n'y a absolument aucune raison de penser que ..., Il n'y a pas la moindre raison de penser que ...earthly paradise nparadis m terrestre

earthly

adj
(= of this world)irdisch
(inf: = possible) there is no earthly reason to think …es besteht nicht der geringste Grund für die Annahme; there’s no earthly reason why …es gibt nicht den geringsten Grund, warum …; this thing is of no earthly usedas Ding hat nicht den geringsten Nutzen
n (inf) she doesn’t stand an earthlysie hat nicht die geringste Chance

earthly

[ˈɜːθlɪ] adjterreno/a
earthly paradise → paradiso terrestre
there is no earthly reason to think ... → non vi è nessunissima ragione di pensare...
it's of no earthly use → non serve assolutamente a nulla

earth

(əːð) noun
1. the third planet in order of distance from the Sun; the planet on which we live. Is Earth nearer the Sun than Mars is?; the geography of the earth.
2. the world as opposed to heaven. heaven and earth.
3. soil. Fill the plant-pot with earth.
4. dry land; the ground. the earth, sea and sky.
5. a burrow or hole of an animal, especially of a fox.
6. (a wire that provides) an electrical connection with the earth.
verb
to connect to earth electrically. Is your washing-machine properly earthed?
ˈearthen adjective
(of a floor etc) made of earth.
ˈearthly adjective
1. of or belonging to this world; not heavenly or spiritual. this earthly life.
2. possible. This gadget has no earthly use.
ˈearthenware noun, adjective
(of) a kind of pottery coarser than china. an earthenware dish.
ˈearthquake noun
a shaking of the earth's surface. The village was destroyed by an earthquake.
ˈearthworm noun
(usually worm) a kind of small animal with a ringed body and no backbone, living in damp earth.
on earth
used for emphasis. What on earth are you doing?; the stupidest man on earth.
run to earth
to find (something or someone) after a long search. He ran his friend to earth in the pub.
References in classic literature ?
My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one.
Tom, who was then sixteen years old, had to go trudging off to the station with the old woman, bearing all of their earthly belong- ings done up in a worn-out blanket and slung across his back.
You made one mistake, Adele," he said, with a light smile; "there is no earthly possibility of Mrs.
The singers were dwelling on one of those low, dying chords, which the ear devours with such greedy rapture, as if conscious that it is about to lose them, when a cry, that seemed neither human nor earthly, rose in the outward air, penetrating not only the recesses of the cavern, but to the inmost hearts of all who heard it.
Higginson enumerates, among the many felicities of his distinguished parishioner's earthly career, the happy seasonableness of his death.
The first time was three or four years since, when I favoured the reader -- inexcusably, and for no earthly reason that either the indulgent reader or the intrusive author could imagine -- with a description of my way of life in the deep quietude of an Old Manse.
Their more than earthly beauty, their absolutely unnatural goodness.
The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven.
That wondrous oriental story is now to be rehearsed from the Shaster, which gives us the dread Vishnoo, one of the three persons in the godhead of the Hindoos; gives us this divine Vishnoo himself for our Lord; --Vishnoo, who, by the first of his ten earthly incarnations, has for ever set apart and sanctified the whale.
There is three hundred pounds flung away for no earthly use," said he; "but what I care most for is that these horses of my old friend, who thought they would find a good home with me, are ruined.
Did I say a word when he came and took me away, for no earthly reason, from the place where everybody was kind to me?
An earthly despotism would be the absolutely perfect earthly government, if the conditions were the same, namely, the despot the perfectest individual of the human race, and his lease of life perpetual.