worldling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n worldling an inhabitant of the earth
    • n worldling a person absorbed by the concerns and interests and pleasures of the present world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Worldling A person whose soul is set upon gaining temporal possessions; one devoted to this world and its enjoyments. "A foutre for the world and worldlings base.""If we consider the expectations of futurity, the worldling gives up the argument.""And worldlings blot the temple's gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n worldling One who is worldly; one devoted to the affairs and interests of this life.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Worldling one who is devoted to worldly or temporal possessions
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
World, + -ling,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. woruld, world, weorold, (lit.) 'a generation of men,' from wer, a man, and yldo, sig. an age; Ice. veröld, Old High Ger. weralt (Ger. welt).

Usage

In literature:

Monks and worldlings flocked thither to join him in his life of prayer.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
Wolves and worldlings creep into every church.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The proud man surrenders his dignity, the politician his honors, the worldling his pleasures.
"Standard Selections" by Various
He is exactly what the hymn-book calls 'a worldling.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Here is your opportunity; five worldlings before you!
"Dwell Deep" by Amy Le Feuvre
But I stayed where I was, the earthiest worldling in a dress of unworldliness.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
The worldling found wings.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
That the same age should produce sensual worldlings and fanatical ecclesiastics is no paradox.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Grimly I resolved to keep the appointment and to tell this little worldling some things she needed much to know.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Oh, what a pair of worldlings we are!
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Who can be a poet, and yet be a worldling in his passions and habits?
"The Poetical Works of William Collins" by William Collins
A fine prize for an avaricious and ambitious worldling.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
He was a born worldling, but with unmistakable talents for and keen appreciation of the art of politics.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
On the other hand, the devil, who also is a spirit, persuades the hearts of the worldlings.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
Miss Dickenson candidly admitted that she herself would have been influenced; but then, no doubt she was a worldling.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The worldlings carefully follow the teaching of the monks.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
Incumbent a mere worldling; no preacher.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
By which base worldlings vilely play their parts, With horrid acts staining Earth's stately stage?
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
They mingle little with the world, and find a peace which often the worldlings miss.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Pause here a moment, and reflect upon the radical difference between a true Christian and a worldling.
"Bible Emblems" by Edward E. Seelye
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In poetry:

Nor shall dull age, as worldlings say,
The heavenward flame annoy:
The Saviour cannot pass away,
And with Him lives our joy.
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
Low in station, low in labour,
Low in all that worldlings prize,
Till the voice say, "Come up hither,"
To a mansion in the skies.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
Because, as Love and Prayer grow cold,
The Saviour hides His face,
And worldlings blot the temple's gold
With uses vile and base.
"Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
``You have perhaps discreetly drunk:
O, then, discreetly, drink no more!
Which is the happier, worldling, monk,
When youth is past, and manhood o'er?
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
A CHILD of the hard-hearted world was I,
And a worldling callous of heart,
And eager to play with the thoughtless and gay,
As the lightest and gayest, a part.
"The Better Hope" by Ernest Jones
The Worldling, pining to be freed
From turmoil, who would turn or speed
The current of his fate,
Might stop before this favored scene,
At Nature's call, nor blush to lean
Upon the Wishing-gate.
"The Wishing Gate Destroyed" by William Wordsworth