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English adjective: worldly

1. worldly characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

SamplesWorldly goods and advancement.
Temporal possessions of the church.

Synonymssecular, temporal

Similareconomic, material, materialistic, mercenary, mundane, terrestrial, worldly-minded

See alsoearthly, profane, secular, sophisticated


2. worldly very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world

SamplesThe blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as `the pond'.
The benefits of his worldly wisdom.



Antonymsnaif, naive

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