Definition of earthly in English:



  • 1Relating to the earth or human life.

    ‘water is liquid at normal earthly temperatures’
    • ‘I, however, am new to this clime, and I stare in wonder at this spectacle, this ballet of life, this vision of earthly beauty, that I feel fortunate to have witnessed.’
    • ‘Roughly 4.5 billion years from now, Lyotard reminds us, the sun will explode, destroying the earth and all earthly life.’
    • ‘Michael Sacks starred as the time-tripping, optometrist hero who survives a series of both earthly and inter-planetary adventures displaying man's inhumanity to man.’
    • ‘Humans and other earthly life forms evolved within the protective shell of the magnetosphere and the atmosphere, shielded from most of the harmful solar and cosmic radiation.’
    • ‘The question remains: is the concurrent rise of solar activity and of earthly temperatures a coincidence or a cause-and-effect relationship?’
    • ‘Next, get a close-up of our earthly neighbor, the planet Mars in the breathtaking photo book ‘Visions of Mars.’’
    • ‘So - what is weather other than this incessant change of earthly conditions and all the human thoughts, feelings and undertakings influenced by it?’
    terrestrial, telluric, tellurian
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    1. 1.1 Relating to humankind's material existence as distinct from a spiritual or heavenly one.
      ‘all earthly happiness is but vanity’
      • ‘In short, Luther did not imagine, at least in earthly world before the end of time, some Utopia free of violence.’
      • ‘Through the symbolism of the heavens the astrologer aims to gain a deeper spiritual knowledge of earthly matters, and seeks to understand the wider significance of the situations that trouble us.’
      • ‘It explains what functions the heavenly and earthly bodies have and offers guidance on how to behave toward gods, spirits, and one's ancestors.’
      • ‘Weaving in and out of her past, she leads us along the winding path of her earthly and spiritual adventures.’
      • ‘The previous article came to the conclusion that, as in many areas of our earthly existence, globalization has both a dark and a bright side.’
      • ‘It remains gloriously aloof from man's bitter quarrels, soaring, with a heavenly grace, beyond earthly feuds.’
      • ‘They push shopping carts loaded with children, with bags of diapers and groceries, and all their earthly possessions crammed into a few white plastic trash bags.’
      • ‘He was a fierce, conflicted hater who never quite reconciled his earthly and spiritual ambitions.’
      • ‘There are the voices of the economy; they call out that earthly riches are of infinite value.’
      • ‘The truth, however, is that inner peace is not even supposed to occur during our earthly existence.’
      • ‘In this state, individuals can better achieve their material wants, or earthly ends.’
      • ‘Redemption, as C. S. Lewis, noted, works backwards, not annihilating history but transforming it's earthly and eternal meaning and impact.’
      • ‘Dashwood spared no expense in turning his new property into a garden of earthly delights.’
      • ‘This was surely an earthly paradise if one were possible.’
      • ‘Some of the reviewers when the book appeared seemed to find evidence for a sudden conversion round about 1934, but his disgust for earthly things is displayed over and over again in his early novels.’
      • ‘Lijiang, a poetic place in South China's Yunnan Province, offers a heavenly escape from earthly troubles and anxieties.’
      • ‘Masks are often the channel between the spiritual and earthly realms, and they can represent the manifestation of nature and ancestor spirits.’
      • ‘In the European imagination China, mysterious and largely unknown, became an earthly paradise.’
      • ‘After his funeral, after going through his things, his earthly possessions, in the sealed apartment, I hadn't wanted to do anything but sleep for a long time and not dream.’
      • ‘Determined to forget his past, he is finally able to devote himself to the more elevating aspects of earthly existence.’
      worldly, temporal, secular, mortal, human, mundane, material, non-spiritual, materialistic
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  • 2informal with negative Used for emphasis.

    ‘there was no earthly reason why she should not come too’
    • ‘It suddenly dawns on him that there is no earthly reason for him to go to Pritchard at all.’
    • ‘This is the year in which I have no earthly reason to gripe, complain and stamp my feet over the results of the annual Academy Awards competition.’
    • ‘There's no other earthly reason to be disappointed.’
    • ‘What was most galling was that there was no earthly reason why the Leinster final couldn't comfortably have been brought forward by a week or a fortnight.’
    • ‘My argument is that there is no earthly reason why young adults should be made to be dependent on their parents in this way.’
    • ‘I can see no earthly reason to cut this to be honest.’
    • ‘There is no earthly reason why you should deprive yourself of the luxury.’
    • ‘We were only shylocked once - an exorbitantly priced lunch, the final total of which bore no earthly resemblance to the prices of the food we'd seen inside the door just moments before.’
    • ‘I think my mobile phone would have to be securely locked away, my computer removed to a place where there would be no earthly possibility that I might happen to glance upon it.’
    • ‘What would you do if someone started screaming and yelling at you for no earthly reason?’
    • ‘However, he opined that with full staff now in place, there is no earthly reason why it shouldn't be functioning to full capacity at this time.’
    • ‘Before last week, the Latino share of the electorate had risen steadily for a decade and a half, and there's no earthly reason to think it won't resume its upward climb in 2004.’
    • ‘She had been turned human again, though how, she had no earthly idea.’
    • ‘There is no earthly reason for you to call it a day.’
    • ‘Sometimes he laughs for no earthly reason, and one feels sorry at being not able to join him.’
    • ‘As things are today, there seems no earthly reason why resolution of issues cannot be achieved.’
    • ‘When you're away from the office, you can think of no earthly reason to go back.’
    • ‘With no earthly reason to use performance-enhancing drugs, he nonetheless got caught doing just that.’
    • ‘There is no earthly reason why our courts should be shielded from public gaze.’
    • ‘For no earthly reason - well, other than a little tiredness - I just want to go and hide under my duvet and shut out the world for a few hours.’
    feasible, possible, likely, conceivable, imaginable, perceivable
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  • not stand (or have) an earthly

    • informal Have no chance at all.

      ‘she wouldn't stand an earthly if she tried to outrun him’
      • ‘Consider the pounding the dressing room has taken in the last week or so and his men surely didn't stand an earthly.’
      • ‘Warnock didn't have an earthly with the conversion.’