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1. characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world;
- Example: "worldly goods and advancement"
- Example: "temporal possessions of the church"
[syn: worldly, secular, temporal]

2. very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world;
- Example: "the blase traveler refers to the ocean he has crossed as `the pond'"
- Example: "the benefits of his worldly wisdom"
[syn: blase, worldly]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Worldly \World"ly\, adv. With relation to this life; in a worldly manner. [1913 Webster] Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise By simply meek. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 that one only hand which erected it. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] With his soul fled all my worldly solace. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Lay, as opposed to clerical. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

83 Moby Thesaurus words for "worldly": Philistine, banausic, blase, bodily, carnal, carnal-minded, corporal, corporeal, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, disenchanted, disillusioned, down-to-earth, earthly, earthy, experienced, fleshly, hardheaded, hylic, knowing, material, materialistic, materiate, matter-of-fact, mature, matured, mondaine, mundane, nonsacred, nonspiritual, not born yesterday, old, physical, positivistic, practical, practical-minded, practiced, pragmatic, profane, rational, realist, realistic, reasonable, reprobate, ripe, ripened, sagacious, sane, scientific, scientistic, seasoned, secular, sensible, sensual, sober-minded, somatic, sophisticate, sophisticated, sound, sound-thinking, straight-thinking, substantial, tellurian, telluric, temporal, terrene, terrestrial, tried, tried and true, unblessed, unhallowed, unholy, unideal, unidealistic, unregenerate, unromantic, unsacred, unsanctified, unsentimental, unspiritual, veteran, world-wise, worldly-wise