/werrld"lee/, adj., worldlier, worldliest, adv.
1. of or pertaining to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.; earthly; mundane.
2. experienced; knowing; sophisticated: the benefits of his worldly wisdom.
3. devoted to, directed toward, or connected with the affairs, interests, or pleasures of this world.
4. of or pertaining to the people or laity; secular; neither ecclesiastical nor religious.
5. Obs. of, pertaining to, or existing on earth.
6. in a worldly manner (archaic except in combination): worldly-wise; worldly-minded.
[bef. 900; ME; OE wor(u)ldlic. See WORLD, -LY]
Syn. 1. temporal. See earthly. 2. urbane, cosmopolitan.
Ant. 1. spiritual.

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