English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'worldly'

(adjective) 
Definition
not spiritual
It is time you woke up and focused your thoughts on more worldly matters.
Synonyms
earthly
They lived in an earthly paradise.
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physical
the physical problems caused by the illness
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secular
secular and religious education
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mundane
spiritual immortals who had transcended the mundane world
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terrestrial
terrestrial life forms
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temporal
Clergy should not be preoccupied with temporal matters.
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profane
Churches should not be used for profane or secular purposes.
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sublunary
Opposites
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transcendental
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noncorporeal
(adjective) 
He has repeatedly criticized Western churches as being too worldly.
Synonyms
materialistic
I feel society has become very materialistic.
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grasping
She is a grasping and manipulative young woman.
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greedy
He attacked greedy bosses for awarding themselves big pay rises.
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avaricious
I sacrificed my career so that my avaricious brother could succeed.
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covetous
His sports car was attracting covetous stares.
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worldly-minded
Opposites
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nonmaterialistic
(adjective) 
Definition
wise in the ways of the world
He was worldly and sophisticated, quite unlike me.
Synonyms
worldly-wise
A more worldly-wise man would have seen through him at once.
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experienced
Perhaps I'm a bit more experienced about life than you are.
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sophisticated
Recently her tastes have become more sophisticated.
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cosmopolitan
The family are rich, and extremely sophisticated and cosmopolitan.
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urbane
In conversation, he was suave and urbane.
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well versed in the ways of the world
Opposites

quotation

Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise [Francis QuarlesEmblems]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of avaricious
I sacrificed my career so that my avaricious brother could succeed.
Synonyms
close-fisted,
tight-arsed (taboo, slang),
tight-assed (US, taboo, slang),
snoep (South Africa, informal),
tight as a duck's arse (taboo, slang)
in the sense of cosmopolitan
Definition
sophisticated and cultured
The family are rich, and extremely sophisticated and cosmopolitan.
in the sense of covetous
Definition
jealously longing to possess something
His sports car was attracting covetous stares.

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