1. Pertaining to the earth; belonging to this world, or to man's existence on the earth; not heavenly or spiritual; carnal; worldly; as, earthly joys; earthly flowers; earthly praise. "This earthly load Of death, called life." (Milton) "Whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." (Phil. Iii. 19)

2. Of all things on earth; possible; conceivable. "What earthly benefit can be the result?" (Pope)

3. Made of earth; earthy.

Synonyms: Gross, material, sordid, mean, base, vile, low, unsubstantial, temporary, corrupt, groveling.

(01 Mar 1998)

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