• WordNet 3.6
    • n worldliness concern with worldly affairs to the neglect of spiritual needs "he disliked the worldliness of many bishops around him"
    • n worldliness the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Worldliness The quality of being worldly; a predominant passion for obtaining the good things of this life; covetousness; addictedness to gain and temporal enjoyments; worldly-mindedness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n worldliness The state or character of being worldly; worldly conduct.
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  • Henry Jacobsen
    Henry Jacobsen
    “The essence of worldliness is exclusion of God.”


In literature:

We can not canvass this subject by the motives of worldliness.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 39, No. 03, March, 1885" by Various
Christianity, how mingled with worldliness, iii.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
With these beliefs were associated a certain worldliness and want of fervour.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It's time the worldliness of the world was viewed with fresh eyes.
"Cupid's Middleman" by Edward B. Lent
What worldliness one sees everywhere!
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Shock her a little about their worldliness, and leave the remainder to time.
"A Rent In A Cloud" by Charles James Lever
The illusions of worldliness have been dispelled.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
I never dreamed my dear, beautiful mother could descend to such worldliness.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
Those real things were stronger in her than this crust of worldliness.
"Fidelity" by Susan Glaspell
Worthiness of object commended even mediocrity to her; but shallow worldliness awakened her contempt.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe

In poetry:

My every thought to Thee is clear,
My inmost soul unveiled to Thee;—
Disperse and drive away the dreams
Of worldliness and vanity.
"Amorem Sensus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
While pleasures are few and hope but a name,
While worldliness reigns o'er all things the same,
Our joys are in dreams of bright Eden fair,
I'd flee to Thy rest, for I long to be there.
"For I Long To Be There" by Mary Alice Walton
So my butterfly-dreams their golden wings
But seldom unfurl from their chrysalis;
And thus I retain my loveliest things,
While the world, in its worldliness, does not miss
What a poet sings.
"Why Silent?" by Henry Timrod

In news:

Citigroup's worldliness becoming a problem.