A phrase used by Jehovah’s Witnesses to refer to persons that are not and have never been Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs). It is sometimes derogatory, but not always.

The phrase stems from the pervasive JW teaching that because the JW faith is the only one truth, it’s memebers are the only truly spiritual and moral people on earth. All other humans (including memebers of other closely-related Christian faiths), are amoral and “of the world.”

Synonyms: Non-believer, goyim, shiksa
Antonyms: Baptized, in the truth, one of us, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses
JW 1: “Did you hear, Racheal’s son is on drugs?”
JW 2: “That’s what she gets for letting her kids hang out with worldly people.”
by JW Terms October 13, 2018