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