worldly

Definitions

  • Isabelle staid, and sent Krit out into the World
    Isabelle staid, and sent Krit out into the World
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj worldly very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world "the blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as `the pond'","the benefits of his worldly wisdom"
    • adj worldly characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world "worldly goods and advancement","temporal possessions of the church"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She a-offerin' to light up the world, if she only had a place to stand up on She a-offerin' to light up the world, if she only had a place to stand up on
Timbering—one of the first English industries in the New World. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) Timbering—one of the first English industries in the New World. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)
Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on counting boards. In the New World they were used for the Indian trade Brass casting counters excavated on Jamestown Island. Many were made in Germany before 1575 for use by merchants on...
MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of Fort Verchères on the St. Lawrence MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of...
Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world Cinderella's rags turned into the most beautiful dress in the world
NEW YORK CENTRAL EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS. FASTEST LOCOMOTIVE IN THE WORLD. "ENGINE 999." NEW YORK CENTRAL EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS. FASTEST LOCOMOTIVE IN THE WORLD. "ENGINE 999."
THE WATER-CARRIERS OF THE WORLD THE WATER-CARRIERS OF THE WORLD
Section of Jodocus Hondius World Map, 1611 Section of Jodocus Hondius World Map, 1611

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest mammal in the world is the giraffe
    • Worldly Lay, as opposed to clerical.
    • Worldly Pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to this life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men. "With his soul fled all my worldly solace."
    • Worldly Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. "I thus neglecting worldly ends.""Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean but that one only hand which erected it."
    • adv Worldly With relation to this life; in a worldly manner. "Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise
      By simply meek."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do
    • worldly Of or pertaining to the world or the present state of existence; temporal; earthly.
    • worldly Secular: opposed to monastic.
    • worldly Devoted to, interested in, or connected with this present life, and its cares, advantages, or pleasures, to the exclusion of those of a future life; desirous of temporal benefit or enjoyment merely; earthly, as opposed to heavenly or spiritual; carnal; sordid; vile: as, worldly lusts, cares, affections, pleasures; worldly men.
    • worldly =Syn.1. Mundane, terrestrial, sublunary.
    • worldly Worldly, Secular, Temporal, Earthly, Earthy, Unspiritual, Carnal. Worldly means of the world, in fact or in spirit, in distinction from that which is above the world; as applying to mind, it indicates a pleasure in the things that belong to the external life and a disregard of spiritual or even intellectual pleasures: it is opposed to spiritual, expressing positively what unspiritual expresses negatively. Secular is opposed to sacred or to ecclesiastical: as, there are six secular days in the week; the secular arm. Secular and temporal are rarely used in a bad sense. Temporal is opposed to spiritual or eternal: as, lords temporal; merely temporal concerns. Earthly has, like worldly, the sense of mundane, but in the sense of unspirituality it suggests more of grossness or groveling, a thought which is carried still further by earthy, although earthy is not often used in that sense. Carnal suggests that which belongs to the gratification of the animal nature; it ranges from the merely unspiritual to the sensual. See sensual and temporal.
    • worldly In a worldly manner; with relation to this life.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world
    • adjs Worldly pertaining to the world, esp. as distinguished from the world to come: devoted to this life and its enjoyments: bent on gain—also adv.
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Quotations

  • Ralph B. Perry
    Ralph B. Perry
    “Wherever you are it is your own friends who make your world.”
  • Petronius
    Petronius
    “It is fear that first brought gods into the world.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.”
  • Clarence E. Hodges
    Clarence E. Hodges
    “For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

Idioms

Best of both worlds - If you have the best of both worlds, you benefit from different things that do not normally go together.
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Dead to the world - If somebody's fast asleep and completely unaware of what if happening around them, he or she's dead to the world.
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On top of the world - If you are on top of the world, everything is going well for you.
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Out of this world - If something is out of this world, it is fantastic.
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World at your feet - If everything is going well and the future looks full of opportunity, you have the world at your feet.
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World is your oyster - When the world is your oyster, you are getting everything you want from life.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. woroldlic,
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:

And she seemed to hear behind it, and very far away, the world which had been her world once more crying shame upon her.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Outside was the world with its harsh judgments.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
There wuz sights and sights of talk in Jonesville and the adjacent and surroundin' world about the World's Fair bein' open on Sundays.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
And the world feels this and does so; for the world is often a good judge.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
In things of this world, and of that better world that is coming, was she not all in all to me?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Remember that, and forget the ties to any other world, since that world no longer holds you.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
And before that he had never so much as peeped beyond the watershed at the world outside.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The Negro wanted the world war to prove that he, too, was a coalescent element in the civilization of the world.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The world is not a mere world, but a self-revelation of God in its fullest import.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
She had scorned to make any compromise between the world of pleasure and the world of woe.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Then from the world's proud glare I turn
To yonder bright and golden sky;
And there I study—thence I learn
The worth of worldly pageantry.
"Anxieties and Comforts" by John Bowring
"O Captains unforgot," they cried,
"Come you again or come no more,
Across the world you keep the pride,
Across the world we mark the score."
"The School At War" by Sir Henry Newbolt
She like a restless bird,
Would spread her wings, her power to be unfurl’d
And let her songs be loudly heard,
And dart from world to world.
"George Moses Horton, Myself" by George Moses Horton
The grosser world stands to thy word and art;
But thy diviner world of grace
Thou suddenly doth raise and race,
And ev'ry day a new Creatour art.
"The Temper (II)" by George Herbert
All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord,
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for Thy throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.
"All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord" by Martin Luther
A storm may sweep through the world below,
It may rend great rocks apart;
But here on the crest of the world I know
That it cannot touch my heart.
"Peaks" by Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

In news:

So, I'm sitting in front of my computer at Cruising World world headquarters.
The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says cycling's world body will not regain credibility until officials who presided over the drug-tainted Lance Armstrong-era are removed from the sport.
Are you read for the worlds fastest boats, the worlds fastest airplanes, bikinis and sunshine.
An Egyptian bodybuilder has made it in the Guinness Book of World Records, with the world's largest biceps.
Independent in Placerville is serving a rhubarb berry crisp with the 2002 and 2008 New-World Port from Madroña Vineyards during New-World Port Month.
The World Economic Forum ranks the gender gaps of the world's nation by health and survival, access to education, political empowerment and economic participation.
In the world of fashion, pretty people and clothing lines constantly emerge begging the world to "Look over here".
You got all bent out of shape because he called Mexico a Third World country instead of a "bottom tier" First World country.
ROME, Italy, August 1 DENMARK's Lotte Friis cemented herself within the discussion of the top distance freestylers in the world with a strong effort in the women's 800 free at the FINA World Championships.
Partners, on the 104th floor of 2 World Trade Center, had risen to the top of the investment world.
Group's signature building is the 117-story World One, billed as the world's tallest residential tower.
(CBS News) Spencer West completed an amazing feat: He climbed the world's largest stand-alone mountain in the world, the Mount Kilimanjaro Volcano in Tanzania.
New World cooks discover an Old World tradition that tastes nothing like what comes out of a can.
Johnny Sauter (13) celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350k at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 2, 2012 in Fort Worth.
Just as major newspapers are increasingly putting the world's news on the Web, high school newspapers are going online with the news about their somewhat smaller worlds.
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In science:

Throughput vs. small world data centers (SWDC): SWDC proposes a new topology for data centers inspired by a small-world distribution.
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
The timelike curves orthogonal (in a spacetime sense) to the hypersurfaces may be regarded as the world-lines of a family of fiducial observers (FIDO) who n aturally parameterize their world line by proper time t (whose rate of change generally differs from that of t ).
Transition from regular to chaotic motion in black hole magnetospheres
These classical worlds, represented by various terms in the full multiverse state, then evolve independently and eventually become different supersymmetric Minkowski (or singularity) worlds.
Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity
The U -ARROW rule for function types is familiar, treating input worlds contravariantly and output worlds covariantly.
Dependent Types for JavaScript
Hereafter, the world line (t, R(t)) is referred to as ”the reference world line”.
On relativistic motion of a pair of particles having opposite signs of masses
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