from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Situated beneath the moon.
  • adj. Of this world; earthly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Situated between the earth and the moon; sublunar or cislunar.
  • adj. Of this world (as opposed to heaven etc.); earthly, terrestrial.
  • n. Any worldly thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any worldly thing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated beneath the moon.
  • Hence Pertaining to this world; terrestrial; mundane; earthly; worldly: as, sublunary affairs.
  • n. Any worldly thing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated between the earth and the moon
  • adj. of this earth


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin sublūnāris : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin lūna, moon; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.

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From sub- +‎ lunary.


  • But the third verse whams in with "another country", namely heaven – thus not only annoying those of other religions and none, but implying that sublunary patriotism may be subject to overrule by the man upstairs.

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  • 'ALLOWING for the imperfect state of sublunary happiness, which is comparative at best, there are not, perhaps, many nations existing whose situation is so desirable; where the means of subsistence are so easy, and the wants of the people so few … The evident distinction of ranks, which subsists at Otaheite, does not so materially affect the felicity of the nation as we might have supposed.

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  • I mean more specifically the Christian doctrine of the incarnation (Hoc est enim corpus meum), along with the Christian doctrine which holds that although sublunary things pass, like men passing over Crazy Jane's body, or like progress down a road, all those temporally moving things do not vanish.

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  • Yes, even the depths of the wintry cold, when the sun seems to mock us shivering mammals in this sublunary world, can make me smile, wonder, and fall in love again.

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  • 'By us sublunary thy will be done ... with viands meet thy humble creatures bless.'

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  • The mahatma of the title, is helping Jack and Charley learn about their prospective brides (each is courting the other's sister) by offering to "tear your astral form from its sublunary habitation and send it gasping through the empyrean."

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  • And us sublunary types can look up at her, and her dark quiet seas, and in moments pass again into our purer minds.

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  • This intelligence, Dietrich informs us, causes the substance of the sublunary beings that undergo generation and corruption, that is, bodies.

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  • In the sublunary world, elemental powers are simple and deterministic.

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  • For Aristotle, sublunary or terrestrial matter is of four kinds

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  • (adjective) - (1) Anything under the orb of the moon.

    --Thomas Dyche's New General English Dictionary, 1740

    (2) Lying between the orbit of the moon and the earth; hence, subject to the moon's influence. Belonging to this world; mundane; temporal; ephemeral.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1914

    January 21, 2018