One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The quality of being experienced and sophisticated.‘both display wisdom and worldliness of much older men’‘my transition from childish cluelessness to teenage worldliness’
- ‘Supposedly, we are mature, educated individuals who boast a worldliness beyond our years.’
- ‘At the time I was gobsmacked at his sheer lack of worldliness.’
- ‘Modern fiction, like high heels, make-up, alcohol, TV, was indicative of worldliness - a give-away sign of the Devil's intent.’
- ‘In her book she describes herself as "a mixture of hopeful innocence and weary worldliness".’
- ‘To the cosmopolitan elite, wine means sophistication, worldliness, a place on the global stage.’
2Concern with material values or ordinary life rather than a spiritual existence.‘Chaucer drew attention to clerical avarice and worldliness’
- ‘Our thought has become enslaved by 'worldliness'.’
- ‘But when I got a better grasp of biblical teaching, I saw worldliness in sharper perspective.’
- ‘The villages slowly slip into a mood that reflects a superb blend of spirituality and worldliness.’
- ‘Buddism's call to renounce worldliness is itself a call for separation, akin to Christianity's.’
- ‘This violated Quaker ideas about the vanity and worldliness of such titles, for they believed that Christ respected no man's person.’
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