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worldly-wise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj worldly-wise experienced in and wise to the ways of the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Worldly-wise Wise in regard to things of this world.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • worldly-wise Wise with reference to the affairs of this world.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Worldly-wise wise in this world's affairs
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Nor has his death the world deceiv'd than his wondrous life surprise d; if he like a madman liv'd least he like a wise one dy'd.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “The sage awakes to light in the night of all creatures. That which the world calls day is the night of ignorance to the wise.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
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    “Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.”
  • E. C. Bentley
    E. C. Bentley
    “Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
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    “I have always observed that to succeed in the world a person must seem simple, yet wise.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. woruld, world, weorold, (lit.) 'a generation of men,' from wer, a man, and yldo, sig. an age; Ice. veröld, Old High Ger. weralt (Ger. welt).

Usage

In literature:

She was very good to look at, very worldly wise, and very, very popular.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
The vast extent of the world of books only emphasizes the need of making a wise selection from the mass.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
The wise of this world reject the dogma of human depravity, as taught in the Bible.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
But there's bigger things in the world than my feelings, and I'm full wise to them.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She had grown quite worldly-wise and experienced.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He was brusque and opinionated, but he was wise too, and, having wings, knew the world; and she never tired of hearing of his travels.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 22, 1914" by Various
In all that he did in the New World Penn showed himself not only a great but a most just and wise man.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
Her worldly wise mother might have guessed it but she had been dead for the past five years, and the secret was his alone.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Wise in the little busy ways of the world of men, he was uneducated in the ways of a maid.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
Why, do not the wise men of the world despise prayer?
"The Wesleyan Methodist Pulpit in Malvern Sermons Preached at the Opening Services of the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, in 1866" by Knowles King
The philosophy of his conversations is selfish and worldly-wise to a degree, with nowhere the slightest suggestion of ideality or altruism.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
Wise men, ask this indeed in your mind, on what he stood when he held the worlds?
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
It was glowing enough to attract a people more worldly wise than were these late slaves.
"The heart of happy hollow" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
They are worldly-wise to a proverb, and yet wildly susceptible to poetry and romance.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
It is sagely said that the world would be but ill peopled if none but the wise were to marry.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
For unless we accept the world as the product of a good and wise God, there is no problem of evil for us to explain.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
Many and many years ago lived a man who was so good and wise that none in all the world was so good and wise as he.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
Before you grew to be a worldly-wise old lady, and before I had become a cynical old man.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
James Fleming had never been a worldly-wise man, and he died in debt.
"David Fleming's Forgiveness" by Margaret Murray Robertson
The exceeding glory of the primitive world consists in this, that it contained so many good and wise and holy men.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

So wise, that in their chosen hour,
As through the world they filed,
They sought not wealth or place or power,
But rode to find a child.
"In a Far Land Upon a Day" by Eleanor Farjeon
Great Sun of righteousness, arise,
Bless the dark world with heavenly light:
Thy gospel makes the simple wise;
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right.
"Psalm XIX: The Heavens Declare Thy Glory, Lord" by Isaac Watts
Great Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Bless the dark world with heav'nly light;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise,
Thy laws are pure, thy judgments right.
"Psalm 19" by Isaac Watts
I can but think if Franko
Would teach us all his way
Of listening and trusting,—
The wise, wise Franko way!—
The world would learn some summer
To hear what dumb things say.
"Dead You Speak?" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
So with sorrow we turn from the wise of this world,
To the wanderers far from the fold;
With hearts for the message they’ll join in our song,
That the story can never grow old.
"They Tell Me the Story of Jesus Is Old" by Daniel Webster Moody
Then in my dream I saw arise
An England, ah! so fair and wise,
An England generously great,
No selfish island, but a state
Upon the world's bright forehead worn,
A mighty star of mighty morn.
"My Maiden Vote" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Get help from someone who is more worldly-wise than you are.
All of New York is agog, and it takes a fair amount of juice to get the worldly-wise sophisticates of lofty Gotham in this much of a lather.
Was it his shyness, gullible personality and not being too wise to the ways of the world.
Was it his shyness, gullible personality and not being too wise to the ways of the world?Yes, but those traits weren't about bartending.
The Hampton Court maze is one of the most famous hedge mazes in the world and was planted between 1689 and 1695 by George London and Henry Wise.
THEY were often called Lil or Lily, a moniker less redolent of a flower in its first white freshness than of the siren scent of a worldly wise broad -- especially when accompanied by a warning prefix.
There are two opposite opinions and perspectives of how Madonna's upcoming 66-date MDNA world tour, which launches in Tel Aviv next month, is performing, ticket sales-wise.
When I was younger, I believed that I would grow wise with age and see the world with a clarity that eluded the eyes of a 25 year old.
Brontë's story – written in French – tells of a young rat who deserts his wise and caring father to explore the unknown world, only to realize his folly too late.
The best candidate for judge should be worldly-wise, yet compassionate and hard-working to meet the demanding needs of the job.
As one would expect from someone who has written the world's most famous economics textbook, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, he is convinced that wise economics can make this world a better place.
Ancient advice for living wisely in a social media driven world.
The most cutting-edge, worldly-wise music show on the airwaves returns with weekly installments available for download.
Experiment with the science and technology of ballooning, then soar 350 feet above the landscape in a tethered, helium-filled balloon and see the world like John Wise did.
World-wise Actress Elizabeth Ashley Returns to Washington.
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In science:

Quantum t-designs: t-wise independence in the quantum world.
Random Quantum Circuits are Approximate 2-designs
Quantum t-designs: t-wise independence in the quantum world.
Large Deviation Bounds for k-designs
Quantum t-designs: t-wise independence in the quantum world.
Comment on the paper "Random Quantum Circuits are Approximate 2-designs"
Therefore it seems wise to stop at this point, with the hope that researchers all over the world will enjoy exploring the tantalizing questions that remain.
The birth of the giant component
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