Definition of deathbed in English:



  • 1The bed where someone is dying or has died.

    • ‘Usually rendered as Good Samaritans, doctors in paintings typically hover near sickbeds or deathbeds, dispensing solace and advice.’
    • ‘A philosopher, his original name was Constantine but he became better known by his name in religion, Cyril, which he adopted on his deathbed.’
    • ‘And on her deathbed, word that he had phoned to wish her well brought the simple response: ‘Magic’’
    • ‘Nicole lay on her deathbed, surround by only her family and the closest friends.’
    • ‘‘I just hoped that Myra might say something from her deathbed,’ she said.’
    • ‘And clearly, the mainstream of the Democratic party have no interest in legislating what people do in their bedrooms, pews and deathbeds.’
    • ‘There are moments of pure heartbreak in the film, no less so than when Bob is lying on his deathbed awaiting his final breaths.’
    • ‘And why was his mother, on her deathbed, so worried about integrity?’
    • ‘Although she knows her fate, even on her deathbed she insists, like Goriot, on closing her eyes to maintain her illusions.’
    • ‘India's Satyajit Ray, undoubtedly a master of the medium, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar on his deathbed.’
    • ‘Some funeral agencies even recruit doctors to act as middlemen, to strongly recommend the agency to the relatives around on the deathbed.’
    • ‘No one on their deathbed ever said: ‘I wish I had spent more time at work.’’
    • ‘After his father takes to his deathbed, Prince Hal is reborn as King Henry V.’
    • ‘On his deathbed, Yaakov gives a final message to each of his sons.’
    • ‘I frequently ask workshop groups to identify those things that they would miss most were they to be looking back on their life from their deathbed.’
    • ‘The midway, while still a charming slice of carnival colour, is full of antiquated rides that wheeze and shudder like geezers on their deathbeds.’
    • ‘He is largely oblivious to the fact that he has caused her decline, and even excuses himself from her deathbed to have a final meeting with his mistress at the quayside.’
    • ‘And indeed my grandmother and aunt, on their deathbeds, asked to be buried in the village cemetery, thinking that thus they'd always be close to us.’
    • ‘As the old director lies on his deathbed, he is rung from Radio City Music Hall to hear the standing ovation for his restored masterpiece.’
    • ‘I was busy imagining the eccentric old rock polisher who donated these wonderful little irregular cubes of wonder to the store while on his deathbed.’
    farewell, goodbye, departing, leaving, last, final, closing, concluding, valedictory
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    1. 1.1 Used in reference to the time when someone is dying or died.
      as modifier ‘a deathbed confession’
      • ‘She pushed herself back a bit from her deathbed position, her feet and elbows slipping as she realized what she was on - a bed.’
      • ‘Years later, a deathbed confession confirmed what many suspected.’
      • ‘They say they were led to the location after a woman's deathbed confession.’
      • ‘His deathbed conversion and reception into the Roman Catholic Church is indisputable.’
      • ‘The commissioning of such an atlas would have required incredible wealth, and Mr Douthwaite believes it may have been a deathbed bequest from the queen to Raleigh.’
      • ‘And deathbed rituals and religious consolations softened even the sting of death.’
      • ‘‘There are a couple of points that have to be cleared up,’ he begins his deathbed ramble.’
      • ‘Bogart seems to have rescinded his deathbed remorse about switching from scotch to Martinis.’
      • ‘Nothing more could add to his notoriety except a deathbed conversion, and the Scottish bishop and historian Gilbert Burnet was to provide it.’
      • ‘‘Maybe if I don't make a deathbed confession I'll never die’ he may have thought.’
      • ‘Scully shook her head as her tears flowed freely at this deathbed confession.’
      • ‘Or is it, as whispered by the city's elite, a deathbed conversion?’
      • ‘His deathbed wish was to be buried out of doors where the rain would fall on him.’
      • ‘But Alison, whose mother had made a deathbed promise to his wife to take care of him, became his great friend.’
      • ‘In sharp contrast to the medieval attitude towards death and its representation in daily life, the deathbed scene has all but been removed.’
      • ‘Luna appeared in Nootka Sound just days after Maquinna's father expressed a deathbed wish for his spirit to return to inhabit a killer whale.’
      • ‘His deathbed visitor violates the terms of Nolan's sentence and at last shares with Nolan the events of the previous fifty years.’
      • ‘Worse, Reubens smears Vaseline on the lens and goes for the deathbed reconciliation scene.’
      • ‘It was ‘hate at first sight’, but my Uncle Rob had made a deathbed promise to my father to take care of me after he died.’
      • ‘Edward, naturally, takes advantage of all the deathbed attention to once again relate the story of his wildly exaggerated life.’