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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 ?
For indeed, every sect of them, hath a diverse posture, or cringe by themselves, which cannot but move derision in worldlings, and depraved politics, who are apt to contemn holy things.
On this account all the serene souls who loved the earth and its fruits had gradually gathered together at Haarlem, just as all the nervous, uneasy spirits, whose ambition was for travel and commerce, had settled in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and all the politicians and selfish worldlings at the Hague.
It has its Greek Convent, and the coffee there is good, but never a splinter of the true cross or bone of a hallowed saint to arrest the idle thoughts of worldlings and turn them into graver channels.
If the simplest people are disposed to look not a little kindly on great Prosperity (for I defy any member of the British public to say that the notion of Wealth has not something awful and pleasing to him; and you, if you are told that the man next you at dinner has got half a million, not to look at him with a certain interest)--if the simple look benevolently on money, how much more do your old worldlings regard it
Ambitious men caught glimpses of nobler ambitions than their own, and even worldlings confessed that his beliefs were beautiful and true, although `they wouldn't pay'.
Peasants, no less than worldlings, end by despising the man that they can deceive.
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;
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.
Lewis's contemporizing of this allegory in the figures of such mundane worldlings as Mark and Jane Studdock may suggest that every faithful uniting of man and woman reflects the mystical union of Christ and the Church.
Countless warnings to worldlings figure money as trash, the epitome of the "frail and transitory things of this world" that tempt the soul from "constant and immortal treasures.
Two innocent worldlings (Toby and Dora), who may be less culpable than the murderously high minded Meade, become involved in the events and in the rescue of an agent of the numinous: the bell.