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As from or related to a mystical or imaginary world, rather than the physical world experienced by humans. I was taken with my wife's otherworldly beauty right away. It was as if the girl I'd always dreamed of had stepped into existence before my very eyes. That meditation was wild—I had an otherworldly vision of being bathed in white light.

worldly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our worldly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our worldly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, worldly

worldly wisdom

Knowledge gained from experience and everyday life. My dad never finished college, but he has much more worldly wisdom than I do, as a perpetual student.
See also: wisdom, worldly
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