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  • n. The characteristic of being unworldly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being unworldly.


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  • In conclusion, we have to examine the nature of this Christian unworldliness which is taught us in the text.

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  • Henry, however, had the improvidence or the "unworldliness" of his race; returning to the country during the succeeding vacation, he married for love, relinquished, of course, all his collegiate prospects and advantages, set up a school in his father's neighborhood, and buried his talents and acquirements for the remainder of his life in a curacy of forty pounds a year.

    Oliver Goldsmith A Biography

  • We are so much accustomed to associate religious doubts or convictions with an unworldliness which is rarely visible where great worldly success is attained, that on leaving the cloisters of Oxford, and entering with him the committee-rooms of the Houses of Parliament, we seem to behold the curtain raised all at once, and the same actor appearing in a totally new character, with hardly a feature left that can identify him with the previous representation.

    Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott, Volume 2

  • The English national church has long been an object of derision, and the current Archbishop of Canterbury succeeds in uniting the substance and appearance of foolishness and unworldliness not with sanctity, but with sanctimony.

    Suicide of the West « Anglican Samizdat

  • It took me years to come to terms with the experiences of my childhood, and my own challenges in handling the cultural distance and social consequences of my environment's unworldliness and my own internalized prejudice.

    Yolanda Reid Chassiakos: A Woman Without a Country

  • Their very impracticality and unworldliness was what attracted me to them.

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  • Edgar Allan Poe wrote, the year before his death, "in the sense of the most utter unworldliness."

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  • This hero of unworldliness and self-sacrificing charity had devoted himself to the care of the sick during the great plague of 1400, when he was but twenty.

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  • The attraction of Thatcherism was re-enforced by the Right being clearly right on defence and nuclear weapons I didn't then realise that many on the Left did not share the CND unworldliness.

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  • Wilco's unworldliness works in their favor: with members spread out from Chicago and Nashville to Dallas and New Orleans, the resulting hodgepodge of bashing guitars, plucked banjo and sawing fiddle cuts straight through the heart of Americana.

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