Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Toward death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Toward death.

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  • adverb toward death
  • adjective which leads toward death

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The former tendency is what I call the deathward -- deathward for all else but itself; and the Christ is the lifeward, life for all else but itself.

    The New Theology

  • These two tendencies we may describe as the deathward and the lifeward respectively.

    The New Theology

  • At the center of Posthumous Keats is the journey deathward.

    Keats's Afterlife

  • Or as in Achilles: his eyes meeting Penthesilea's, recognizing suddenly of the Amazonian queen's great beauty, the warrior falls in love with her but the deathward, plunging tip of his sword lies presently one angstrom away from her throat.

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  • Or as in Achilles: his eyes meeting Penthesilea's, recognizing suddenly of the Amazonian queen's great beauty, the warrior falls in love with her but the deathward, plunging tip of his sword lies presently one angstrom away from her throat.

    WTC Memorial Mock-Up, or: The ¼ Garden

  • Nay, said Merlin, not so, for I could save myself an I would; and thou art more near thy death than I am, for thou goest to the deathward, an God be not thy friend.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • In such struggles life spends itself fast; an inward wound does not carry one deathward more surely than this worst wound of the soul.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 23, September, 1859

  • Would my heart and life flow onward -- deathward -- through this dream of THEE! '

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • So translated by Floyd Dell: "O ye deathward-going tribes of man, what do your lives mean except that they go to nothingness?"

    A Book of Prefaces

  • The words are not very satisfactory because the deathward tendency masquerades as the lifeward tendency, and the lifeward tendency, before fruition, looks like the deathward one.

    The New Theology

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  • Yea, but what then? albeit all this were thus,

    And soul smote soul and left it ruinous,

    And love led love as eyeless men lead men,

    Through chance by chance to deathward

    —Swinburne, Tristram of Lyonesse

    Actually an instance of the circumfix to ...-ward.

    July 15, 2008