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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).

un·world′li·ness n.
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nWeltabgewandtheit f; (= naivety)Weltfremdheit f
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References in classic literature ?
The same unworldliness was what had necessitated Angel's getting a living as a farmer, and would probably keep his brothers in the position of poor parsons for the term of their activities; yet Angel admired it none the less.
Walter Pater (1839-1894), an Oxford Fellow, also represents distinctly the spirit of unworldliness, which in his case led to a personal aloofness from active life.
Mann pinpoints "a gigantic incarnation" of "the enigma in the character and the destiny of [the Germans]" in none other than Martin Luther's "inwardness and unworldliness." (24) These twin traits explain the dangerous "anti-political servility" in both Luther and his modern compatriots.
The opening sequence portrays a society that has lost meaning and purpose: an 'urban dystopia of guns, drugs, conspicuous consumption and civic breakdown' (14) that exists in contrast to the Utopian unworldliness of Romeo and Juliet's love.
To the degree to which one such node manages to acquire worldliness, it sentences other nodes to unworldliness.
Trump is the quintessential symbol of the merging of a warlike arrogance, a militant certainty, and as self-absorbed unworldliness in which he is removed from problems of the real world.
Baker records his hatred of 'the sound of man' and his desire to 'let the human taint wash away in emptiness and silence as the fox sloughs his smell into the cold unworldliness of water' (2005: 144, 10).
Like North, he worked hard at maintaining his aristocratic status--"nobility was a career at which men and women had to work," Bunker wryly observes--but here, again, his "unworldliness" and his innate tendency to confuse "the New Testament's teachings with those of his own social class or party" stripped him of the capacity to do the hard political thinking required to solve the American problem.
When meeting Adam in person, Fiona finds him smart, clever, and innocent: "Adam's unworldliness made him endearing, but vulnerable" (112).
FOR me there was a touch of unworldliness about him, an unreason that could lead to the most extraordinary expectations.
What perhaps most influentially Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Arendt's semi-official biographer, has characterized as her "youthful unworldliness" (Young-Bruehl 2006:22) turns out to be, at a closer look, an early engagement in particular with the concepts of the "world" and "worldliness".