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The direction leading towards death. Only in "†to (one's) deathward", "to the deathward": towards death, to one's death. Compare lifewardarchaic and rare in later use.
In the direction of death, towards death.
Tending towards or leading to death.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From death + -ward.
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