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Meaning of worldly

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a. [AS. woroldlic.]
[1913 Webster] 1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. \'bdI thus neglecting worldly ends.\'b8 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.
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adv. With relation to this life; in a worldly manner.
[1913 Webster] Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise
By simply meek.
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