Definition of the world, the flesh, and the devil in English:

the world, the flesh, and the devil

phrase

  • All forms of temptation to sin.

    ‘Rossetti struggled with these words in her desire to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil’
    • ‘Epicurus' dubious reputation reflected the Christian tendency to regard earthly pleasures as the evil lures of the world, the flesh, and the devil.’
    • ‘A rich understanding of the roles of God, the world, the flesh, and the devil in suffering will aid counselors in determining the best responses to their clients' pain.’
    • ‘The daily, hourly conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil, shall at length be at an end: the enemy shall be bound; the warfare shall be over; the wicked shall at last cease from troubling; the weary shall at length be at rest.’
    • ‘In other words, the world, the flesh, and the devil are formidable obstacles to responding to the light and grace that God gives.’