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Synonyms for worldliness

the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment

concern with worldly affairs to the neglect of spiritual needs

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Here, worldliness enters as a cultural and political process that organises in the face of (material and social) limitlessness, passivity and apparent disorganisation (see Pitkin, 1998: 97; Roodt, 2005: 56).
Francis lures his prey into the trap of God's love, without making it aware that, once caught, it will have to shed its vices and its worldliness.
The new logo still includes three pillars, but the added "roundel expresses customer centricity and worldliness," says a Swiss Re statement.
Journo Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan himself) begins as a cynical snob, and the working-class woman looking for the child stolen from her 50 years ago, Philomena Lee, surprises him with her worldliness, experience and tolerance.
Also reading those texts makes me think about how almost all literary theory seeks ways of talking about the worldliness of the text.
Susannah Biller moved charmingly as Despina, though her reedy tones missed the girl's perky worldliness.
They promote Walter Benjamin's notion of "weak messianism," which stresses worldliness and action against the transcendental pretensions of its "stronger" variants.
Elaborating on the idea, Francis warned that a papal diplomat who "doesn't go along the way of sanctity, and gets involved in so many forms, in so many kinds of spiritual worldliness, makes himself ridiculous, and everyone laughs at him.
In La La land (the USA) One Direction are showing their lack of worldliness by tweeting at the hordes of girls who mobbed them in New York: "That wasn''t even funny" and "this is a complete joke".
The antagonism between worldliness and spirituality sometimes can be so subtle that you don't see it splitting your life apart.
Playing autoharp, guitar or just singing, Harvey didn't say a word until it was time to introduce the band and say thank you at the end, adding to a sense of ghostly other worldliness.
His kind of magical realism is firmly rooted in a desert ethic he believes to be superior to mere worldliness.
The sophistication, the worldliness of Hong Kong people has already reached the level where universal suffrage can be allowed".
Poorly educated but well-read, she learnt worldliness from a louche old countess.
The American students indicated a preference for three of the five values identified as functional but also ranked narcissism and other worldliness as third and fifth preferred values respectively.