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- adv. toward death
- adj. which leads toward death
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Toward death.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Toward death.
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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.
These two tendencies we may describe as the deathward and the lifeward respectively.
At the center of Posthumous Keats is the journey deathward.
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.
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.
Would my heart and life flow onward -- deathward -- through this dream of THEE! '
In such struggles life spends itself fast; an inward wound does not carry one deathward more surely than this worst wound of the soul.
So translated by Floyd Dell: "O ye deathward-going tribes of man, what do your lives mean except that they go to nothingness?"
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.
What is lifeward for him may be deathward for them; he is willing that it should be so -- that is the sin.