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From Middle English worldlynesse, equivalent to worldly +‎ -ness. Compare West Frisian wrâldlikens (worldliness), German Weltlichkeit (worldliness), Swedish världslighet (worldliness).


worldliness (countable and uncountable, plural worldlinesses)

  1. The quality of being worldly; familiarity with the ways of the world.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 186:
      There was a coarseness in the one which revolted the almost fastidious delicacy of the other; and Lady Marchmont, full of poetry, touched with romance and sentiment, had nothing in common with the harsh and hard worldliness of Lady Mary;...