in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind.
I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.John xvii. 9.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the
Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.1 John ii. 15, 16.
9. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number. "A world of men." Chapman.
"A world of blossoms for the bee." Bryant.
Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company.Shak.
A world of woes dispatched in little space.Dryden. All . . . in the world, all that exists; all that is possible; as, all the precaution in the world would not
save him. A world to see, a wonder to see; something admirable or surprising to see. [Obs.]
O, you are novices; 't is a world to seeShak.
How tame, when men and women are alone,
A meacock wretch
can make the curstest shrew.
For all the world. (a) Precisely; exactly. (b) For any consideration. Seven wonders of the
world. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. To go to the world, to be married. [Obs.]
"Thus goes every one to the world but I . . . ; I may sit in a corner and cry heighho for a husband!"
Shak. World's end, the end, or most distant part, of the world; the remotest regions. World
without end, eternally; forever; everlastingly; as if in a state of existence having no end.
Throughout all ages, world without end.Eph. iii. 21.
(World"li*ness) n. The quality of being worldly; a predominant passion for obtaining the
good things of this life; covetousness; addictedness to gain and temporal enjoyments; worldly- mindedness.
(World"ling) [World + -ling.] A person whose soul is set upon gaining temporal possessions; one
devoted to this world and its enjoyments.
A foutre for the world and worldlings base.Shak.
If we consider the expectations of futurity, the worldling gives up the argument.Rogers.
And worldlings blot the temple's gold.Keble.
(World"ly), a. [AS. woroldlic.]
1. Relating to the world; human; common; as, worldly maxims; worldly actions. "I thus neglecting worldly
Many years it hath continued, standing by no other worldly mean but that one only hand which erected
2. Pertaining to this world or life, in contradistinction from the life to come; secular; temporal; devoted to
this life and its enjoyments; bent on gain; as, worldly pleasures, affections, honor, lusts, men.
With his soul fled all my worldly solace.Shak.
3. Lay, as opposed to clerical. [Obs.] Chaucer.