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worldly-mindedness

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being worldly-minded.

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Examples

  • Some are specially addicted to pride, and others to worldly-mindedness; some to sensual desires, and others to frowardness or other evil passions.

    The Reformed Pastor

  • They are primarily chargeable to the greed, the selfishness, the cupidity, the worldly-mindedness which has found in science the tools to further its ends.

    In the Noon of Science

  • Even while he was at work there were men who were more down-to-earth, more prepared just to hold their Aristotelianism neat; and perhaps a cer - tain worldly-mindedness made them a danger not only to an ecclesiastical system but also to religion itself.

    CHRISTIANITY IN HISTORY

  • I shall not stay to mention all the particular distempers that rage in some, and that rule and reign in all before the coming of the gospel; as darkness, blindness, ignorance, worldly-mindedness, sensuality, hatred of God, envy, and malice, which are fixed in the souls of men by presumption and self-righteousness.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Ministers preach against worldly-mindedness, security, etc., but it makes no impression upon the minds of men; for we can scarce give an instance of any, the least reformation.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • The last evidence I shall mention of these decays among us, is our worldly-mindedness, -- conformity to the world, and security.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • They who know it not so to be, are under the power of worldly-mindedness.

    Christologia

  • Confucius describes Laou-tze as resembling the dragon, and received from him a lecture, in which he accuses him of worldly-mindedness and vanity, and concludes by telling him to make the best of it he can.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas

  • Pride, indolence, and worldly-mindedness are bringing me into closer and closer bondage: the first keeps me from true worship by preventing me from seeking the help and teaching of the one Spirit; the second, by making me yield without effort or resistance to the uncontrolled imaginations which the third presents.

    A Brief Memoir with Portions of the Diary, Letters, and Other Remains, of Eliza Southall, Late of Birmingham, England

  • Long did the grain of mustard-seed lie buried among the weeds of worldly-mindedness; long were my hopes and fears alternate; but now the blessed discipline of the covenant has been exercised; I have witnessed it, I have felt it -- suffered the rod with them and for them, but waited for the fruits in hope; and glory to thee, dear Husband and Father, I have not waited in vain.

    The Power of Faith Exemplified In The Life And Writings Of The Late Mrs. Isabella Graham.

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