earthly

  • 1 earthly — earthly, terrestrial, earthy, mundane, worldly, sublunary are comparable when they mean of, belonging to, or characteristic of the earth. Earthly is used chiefly in opposition to heavenly {earthly love} {the earthly paradise} {if I have told you… …

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  • 2 Earthly — Earth ly, a. 1. Pertaining to the earth; belonging to this world, or to man s existence on the earth; not heavenly or spiritual; carnal; worldly; as, earthly joys; earthly flowers; earthly praise. [1913 Webster] This earthly load Of death, called …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 earthly — [ʉrth′lē] adj. 1. of the earth; specif., a) terrestrial b) worldly c) temporal or secular 2. conceivable; possible [a thing of no earthly good] earthliness n. SYN. EARTHLY is applied to that which belongs to …

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  • 4 Earthly — Earth ly, adv. In the manner of the earth or its people; worldly. [1913 Webster] Took counsel from his guiding eyes To make this wisdom earthly wise. Emerson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 earthly — (adj.) O.E. eorþlic earthly, worldly; see EARTH (Cf. earth) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …

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  • 6 earthly — [adj1] physically concerning land or its inhabitants alluvial, carnal, corporeal, geotic, global, human, in all creation, material, mortal, mundane, nonspiritual, physical, profane, secular, subastral, sublunary, tellurian, telluric, temporal,… …

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  • 7 earthly — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the earth or human life on the earth. 2) material; worldly. 3) informal used for emphasis; there was no earthly reason to rush. DERIVATIVES earthliness noun …

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  • 8 earthly — index material (physical), mundane, physical Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 earthly — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)θli[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Earthly means happening in the material world of our life on earth and not in any spiritual life or life after death. ...the need to confront evil during the earthly life... They lived in an earthly paradise. 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 earthly — earthliness, n. /errth lee/, adj., earthlier, earthliest. 1. of or pertaining to the earth, esp. as opposed to heaven; worldly. 2. possible or conceivable: an invention of no earthly use to anyone. [bef. 1000; ME erth(e)ly, OE eorthlic. See EARTH …

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  • 11 earthly — earth•ly [[t]ˈɜrθ li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est 1) of or pertaining to the earth, esp. as opposed to heaven; worldly 2) possible or conceivable: an invention of no earthly use to anyone[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000 earth′li•ness, n. syn: earthly,… …

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  • 12 earthly — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. characteristic of or belonging to this earth b. relating to the human race s actual life on this earth 2. possible < there is no earthly reason for such behavior > • earthliness noun Synonym …

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  • 13 earthly — earth|ly [ˈə:θli US ˈə:rθli] adj 1.) no earthly reason/use etc no reason, use etc at all ▪ I see no earthly reason why he shouldn t come. 2.) [only before noun] literary connected with life on Earth rather than in heaven ▪ our earthly pleasures ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 earthly — UK [ˈɜː(r)θlɪ] / US [ˈɜrθlɪ] adjective Word forms earthly : adjective earthly comparative earthlier superlative earthliest 1) used for giving emphasis to negative statements or to questions It s no earthly use talking to him. There s no earthly… …

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  • 15 earthly — /ˈɜθli / (say erthlee) adjective (earthlier, earthliest) 1. of or relating to the earth, especially as opposed to heaven; worldly. 2. possible or conceivable: no earthly use. –phrase 3. an earthly (chance), (used with a negative) any chance… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 earthly — earthen, earthly, earthy Earthen is used only in the physical sense ‘made of earth’ (either soil, or clay as in earthenware): • No city or government wants to build earthen structures or allow them to be built New Scientist, 1971. Earthly has two …

    Modern English usage

  • 17 earthly — adjective 1 no earthly reason/use/solution etc no reason, use etc at all: There seemed to be no earthly reason for his strange behaviour. 2 (only before noun) literary connected with life on Earth rather than in heaven: our earthly pleasures …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 earthly — adjective 1) the earthly environment Syn: terrestrial, telluric Ant: extraterrestrial 2) the promise of earthly delights Syn: worldly, temporal, mortal, human; material; …

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  • 19 earthly — adj. 1 of the earth or human life on earth; terrestrial. 2 (usu. with neg.) colloq. remotely possible or conceivable (is no earthly use; there wasn t an earthly reason). Phrases and idioms: not an earthly colloq. no chance whatever. Derivatives:… …

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  • 20 earthly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. terrestrial; material, worldly, sensual, temporal, mundane, secular; informal, possible, conceivable. See irreligion, land, possibility. Ant., spiritual, celestial. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1.… …

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