World"ly, a. [AS. woroldlic.]


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. Hooker.


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. Shak.


Lay, as opposed to clerical.




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World"ly, adv.

With relation to this life; in a worldly manner.

Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise By simply meek. Milton.


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