- 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, 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.)
- 1832, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Heath's Book of Beauty, 1833, The Enchantress, pages 1–2:
- The shadows of earth and earthly things, resting omen-like upon the waters, alone shewed which was the home and which the mirror of the celestial host.
- (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.
- 1533, John Frith, An other boke against Rastel:
- We have this […] treasure in frail, brittle, and earthly vessels.
Derived terms edit
as opposed to heaven
See also edit
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, stanza 5, 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.
- (UK, colloquial) A slightest chance (of success etc.) or idea (about something).
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- He arched his eyebrows over the summons. "The poor devil has not an earthly!" said he. "He's lucky to have a summons. Usually they act on a warrant."
- 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York, published 2007, page 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.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, A Midsommer Nights Dreame. […] (First Quarto), London: […] [Richard Bradock] for Thomas Fisher, […], published 1600, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- But earthlyer happy is the roſe diſtild, / Then that, vvhich, vvithering on the virgin thorne, / Grovves, liues, and dies, in ſingle bleſſedneſſe.
- 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; […]
Further reading edit
- “earthly”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “earthly”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “earthly”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.