Earthly Earth"ly, a. 1. Pertaining to the earth; belonging to this world, or to man's existence on the earth; not heavenly or spiritual; carnal; worldly; as, earthly joys; earthly flowers; earthly praise. [1913 Webster]

This earthly load Of death, called life. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. --Phil. iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

2. Of all things on earth; possible; conceivable. [1913 Webster]

What earthly benefit can be the result? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Made of earth; earthy. [Obs.] --Holland.

Syn: Gross; material; sordid; mean; base; vile; low; unsubstantial; temporary; corrupt; groveling. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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