worldly

You can use the adjective worldly to describe people who have knowledge of many topics or experience in many areas. You don't have to travel the globe to be worldly; reading and talking about many things with knowledge and enthusiasm is worldly too.

While worldly often describes individuals who are sophisticated and well-rounded in education, travel, and experiences, it's also used for people who are rooted in the world or focused on physical and material things around them, rather than on spiritual matters. An old expression in religion is "She was too heavenly minded for worldly good," and it describes those who think about the spiritual or supernatural so much that they aren't worldly enough to get anything done.

Definitions of worldly
  1. adjective
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
    worldly goods and advancement”
    synonyms: secular, temporal
    earthly
    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    profane, secular
    not concerned with or devoted to religion
    sophisticated
    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
    economic
    concerned with worldly necessities of life (especially money)
    material
    concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
    materialistic, mercenary, worldly-minded
    marked by materialism
    mundane, terrestrial
    concerned with the world or worldly matters
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    Antonyms:
    unworldly
    not concerned with the temporal world or swayed by mundane considerations
    pious
    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    naif, naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
    anchoritic, eremitic, eremitical, hermitic, hermitical
    characterized by ascetic solitude
    cloistered, cloistral, conventual, monastic, monastical
    of communal life sequestered from the world under religious vows
    spiritual, unearthly
    concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul
    unmercenary
    not mercenary; not influenced by financial gains
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  2. adjective
    very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world
    “the benefits of his worldly wisdom”
    synonyms: blase
    sophisticated
    having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
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