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Related to unworldly: discontented, hansom
adj. un·world·li·er, un·world·li·est
1. Having or showing little understanding of the ways of the world; naive or impractical: "an unworldly scholar, who ruined his eyesight and his health through the single-minded study of the details of Greek syntax" (Roy Harris).
a. Not of this world; spiritual or supernatural: "ghosts and other unworldly forms of life" (Patrick Jones).
b. Suggestive of another world, as in being bizarre or eerie: "the unworldly jagged terrain of a recent lava flow" (Michael Crichton).
1. not concerned with material values or pursuits
2. lacking sophistication; naive
3. not of this earth or world
1. not worldly; not seeking material advantage; spiritually minded.
2. naive; unsophisticated; provincial.
3. not terrestrial; unearthly.
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|Adj.||1.||unworldly - not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations; "was unworldly and did not greatly miss worldly rewards"- Sheldon Cheney|
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"
|2.||unworldly - not wise in the ways of the world; "either too unsophisticated or too honest to promise more than he could deliver"; "this helplessly unworldly woman"- Kate O'Brien|
1. naive, innocent, unsophisticated, green, trusting, raw, inexperienced, idealistic, wet behind the ears (informal), as green as grass Stephen is a little unworldly about such matters.
(= naive) → naïf(naïve)
(= not materialistic) → pas matérialiste