Worldly World"ly, a. [AS. woroldlic.] [1913 Webster] 1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. ``I thus neglecting worldly ends.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean but that one only hand which erected it. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to this life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men. [1913 Webster]

With his soul fled all my worldly solace. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Lay, as opposed to clerical. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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