this-worldly
adjective Date: 1883 characterized by or manifesting this-worldliness

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  • this-worldly — [this′wʉrld′lē] adj. distinguished by or relating to material or earthly concerns; not spiritual or concerned with life in a future or imaginary world [this worldly obligations] this worldliness n. * * * …   Universalium

  • this-worldly — [this′wʉrld′lē] adj. distinguished by or relating to material or earthly concerns; not spiritual or concerned with life in a future or imaginary world [this worldly obligations] this worldliness n …   English World dictionary

  • this-worldly — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: this world + ly : characterized by or manifesting this worldliness the struggle between this worldly and otherworldly values George Orwell …   Useful english dictionary

  • this-worldly — this world·ly …   English syllables

  • asceticism, this-worldly — See protestant ethic thesis …   Dictionary of sociology

  • this-worldliness — this worldly, adj. /dhis werrld lee nis/, n. concern or preoccupation with worldly things and values. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • this-world|ly — «THIHS WURLD lee», adjective. of or concerned with the present world or state of existence: »The guests were always this worldly, and often profane (Mark Twain) …   Useful english dictionary

  • this-worldliness — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: this worldly + ness : interest in, concern with, or devotion to things of this world * * * this worldly, adj. /dhis werrld lee nis/, n. concern or preoccupation with worldly things and values. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worldly — [wʉrld′lē] adj. worldlier, worldliest 1. of or limited to this world; temporal or secular 2. devoted to or concerned with the affairs, pleasures, etc. of this world: also worldly minded 3. worldly wise; sophisticated SYN. EARTHLY worldliness n …   English World dictionary

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