- Relating to the earth or this world, as opposed to heaven; terrestrial.
- earthly joys
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Philippians 3:18–19:
- (For many walke, of whome I haue told you often, and now tell you euen weeping, that they are the enemies of the crosse of Christ: / Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glorie is in their shame, who minde earthly things.)
- (negative, informal) Used for emphasis
- 2016 June 10, Michael Hitzlik, “Column: Congress continues its stealth assault on Social Security’s customer service”, in Los Angeles Times:
- In fiscal terms, there’s no earthly reason for Congress to be stingy with Social Security’s administrative budget.
- (obsolete) Made of earth; earthy.
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as opposed to heaven
earthly (plural earthlies)
- (collective or in the plural) That which is of the earth or earthly; a terrestrial being.
- 2018, Tamar M. Boyadjian, The City Lament: Jerusalem across the Medieval Mediterranean, Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, page 28:
- He claims that the book directs the believer to let go of the earthly and await God's kingdom in the heavenly.
- , Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Virgin Mary to the Child Jesus”, in Mrs. Browning's Poems with Memoir, Chicago & New York: Henneberry, page 267:
- So, let all earthlies and celestials wait / Upon Thy royal state! / Sleep, sleep, my kingly One!
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:earthly.
- (Britain, colloquial) A slightest chance (of success etc.) or idea (about something).
- 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 315:
- ‘Then I didn't have a chance when I stood you a drink?’ I said. ‘Not an earthly!’ she said and laughed; but when I left she kissed me good-night.
- in an earthly manner
- 1827, Sarah Wilmot Wells, Tales; Mournful, Mirthful, and Marvellous - Volume 3, page 94:
- and dost thou, indeed, revive to existence only to again (even in more attempered blood) design the death of the innocent, helpless, orphaned memorial of a pure, a heaven and earthly-sanctioned flame, whose venial trespass was but the forestalment of your own decree?
- 1886, Thomas Martin McWhinney, Reason and Revelation, Hand in Hand, page 324:
- And here again we observe the great advantage of the heavenly over the earthly appointed courts.
- 1927, Harriette Augusta Curtiss, The Message of Aquaria, page 431:
- Under such circumstances it is wise that church and state be separated, for such an earthly ordained priesthood has no more ability to rule wisely than have civil rulers.
- 2010, Patricia Ann Sunday, Jimmy Swaggart: the Anointed Cherub That Covereth, page 1:
- The Lord has allowed me to see a striking similarity between this heavenly anointed cherub and this earthly anointed cherub (messenger) of God.
- 2016, Bruce W. Hubbard, Marlene Hubbard, The Way of Grace:
- Qualifications are heavenly ordained, not earthly appointed; it is God Who has qualified us as saints and made us fit to share in His eternal salvation. It is not our own efforts and accomplishments that have qualified us;
- earthly in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- earthly in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- earthly at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.