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- n. The quality of being earthly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being earthly; worldliness; grossness; perishableness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being earthly; grossness.
- n. Worldliness; strong attachment to earthly things.
- n. Want of durability; perishableness; frailty.
It convicts them of the want of love, gratitude, and all high desires after God: it reveals the stupor and earthliness which is still upon the soul.
This Advent, our spiritual imagination replaces earthliness with holiness.
There is a love sublime in its earthliness which leads her to find something like absolution in the very greatness of the surrender and glory in
A cloud swept up over the gorgeous earthliness of the great Rubens picture, and from out its folds shone sweet and smiling angel faces, looking down upon the scene.
So said the multitude, and so say I, although I scarce can hope it; for who shall dare to think that Heaven will grant its benediction on a compact steeped in earthliness, and formed without one heavenward view!
One of our poets claims that there is something of earthliness in the kisses of all but children: --
Her love was veiled, as it were, in a most delicate, most diaphanous mist, which took from it all earthliness, and left it intangible, magical as some gift from fairyland.
It was thought to reveal His earthliness; it is now seen to unveil His glory.
Unquestionably, there was a strong element of earthliness, a dilution of the pure essence of his affection, in much that Petrarch wrote.
That eternal voice preaching through all our temporal interests is to us the solemn, never-ceasing protest against worldliness, earthliness, vanity, living for time, living for the body; and, above all, against every impure or ungodly method of attempting to secure our temporal aims.