Definition of sublunary in US English:

sublunary

adjective

literary
  • Belonging to this world as contrasted with a better or more spiritual one.

    ‘the concept was irrational to sublunary minds’
    • ‘‘In numerology,’ Shapiro writes, seven ‘is the number of eternity and mutability, of the temporal, sublunary world and the world of the eternal Sabbath.’’
    • ‘All corporal bodies were deemed to be the product of two principles - primary matter and an added ‘something’ called form - but an absolute distinction was made between the unchanging heavens and the corruptible sublunary universe.’
    • ‘He inhabits a world where historical activity is surrounded by supernatural forces, where the numinous constantly interpenetrates the dull sublunary world of common sense.’
    • ‘The laicization and secularizing of death stemming from the Scientific Revolution led to sublimation of the belief in a divine afterlife into the prospect of a sublunary life extension.’
    • ‘Dante transports an earthly historicity into his heaven and hell, in an idiom which is both sublime and sublunary.’
    • ‘Following Aristotle and the Platonists, Abraham divided the universe into three parts: the spiritual, celestial, and sublunary worlds.’
    • ‘In the sublunary world, elemental powers are simple and deterministic.’
    • ‘Aristotle believed that most reasoning, including reasoning about what to do and about sublunary natural phenomena, dealt with things that hold ‘always or for the most part.’’
    earthly, terrestrial, temporal, mundane, mortal, human, non-spiritual, unspiritual, material, materialistic, physical, tangible, carnal, fleshly, bodily, corporeal, gross, sensual, base, sordid, vile, profane
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘terrestrial’): from modern Latin sublunaris.

Pronunciation

sublunary

/səbˈlo͞onərē/