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One who is absorbed by worldly pursuits and pleasures.


a person who is primarily concerned with worldly matters or material things


(ˈwɜrld lɪŋ)

a person devoted to the interests and pleasures of this world; worldly person.
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Noun1.worldling - a person absorbed by the concerns and interests and pleasures of the present world
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.worldling - an inhabitant of the earthworldling - an inhabitant of the earth    
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
References in classic literature ?
The simple pathos, and the apparent indirectness of such a tale as that of 'Poticoushka,' the peasant conscript, is of vastly more value to the world at large than all his parables; and 'The Death of Ivan Ilyitch,' the Philistine worldling, will turn the hearts of many more from the love of the world than such pale fables of the early Christian life as "Work while ye have the Light.
Fond worldling, now his heart-blood dries with grief;
What humiliation and fury: what pangs of sickening rage, balked ambition and love; what wounds of outraged vanity, tenderness even, had this old worldling now to suffer under!
My meditative silence appeared to weigh upon the spirits of this worldling, and to force him, as it were, into talking to me against his own will.
See Margaret Eliot Macgregor, "Amelia Alderson Opie: Worldling and Friend," Studies in Modern Languages 14 (Northampton: Smith College, 1933): 11.
Shifting gears, Gier and Kjellberg adduce insightful connections between Aristotle's ideas about the mean with the Buddha's similar ideas about the middle path, apply them to the choices of the mindful versus those of the unmindful, and attribute lack of mindfulness both to ascetic and worldling extremes, extremes that were predominant in the Buddha's milieu.
Abjuring wealth, mistresses, and knighthood, this modern worldling is haunted by the memory of the long-dead wife who made "a man of me" (1.
49) Cyprian's answer: "Whoever breaks with the Church and enters on an adulterous union, cuts himself off from the promises made to the Church; and he who has turned his back on the Church of Christ shall not come to the rewards of Christ: he is an alien, a worldling, an enemy.
true Christians], as pleasant to the Cosmopolite or worldling.
ELIZABETH SPIRES is the author of four collections of poetry, including Worldling (Norton, 1995), and the children's book The Mouse of Amherst (Farrar, Straus & Giraux, She teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore.
24) Some are obvious `aides-memoires' for students; the scurrility of others suggests that the legend of Serlo the worldling was not without foundation -- or at least that he cultivated that image of himself before he became a monk.
The worldling and the Worldly Christian were no different', Nicholson insisted, because, `with a Christian smoking, the temple of the Holy Ghost is being defiled'.