Definition of deathbed in English:



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

    • ‘‘I just hoped that Myra might say something from her deathbed,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After his father takes to his deathbed, Prince Hal is reborn as King Henry V.’
    • ‘Usually rendered as Good Samaritans, doctors in paintings typically hover near sickbeds or deathbeds, dispensing solace and advice.’
    • ‘And why was his mother, on her deathbed, so worried about integrity?’
    • ‘Nicole lay on her deathbed, surround by only her family and the closest friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And on her deathbed, word that he had phoned to wish her well brought the simple response: ‘Magic’’
    • ‘On his deathbed, Yaakov gives a final message to each of his sons.’
    • ‘And clearly, the mainstream of the Democratic party have no interest in legislating what people do in their bedrooms, pews and deathbeds.’
    • ‘Some funeral agencies even recruit doctors to act as middlemen, to strongly recommend the agency to the relatives around on the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘A philosopher, his original name was Constantine but he became better known by his name in religion, Cyril, which he adopted on his deathbed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No one on their deathbed ever said: ‘I wish I had spent more time at work.’’
    1. 1.1Used in reference to the time when someone is dying.
      ‘she visited him on his deathbed’
      [as modifier] ‘a deathbed confession’
      • ‘But Alison, whose mother had made a deathbed promise to his wife to take care of him, became his great friend.’
      • ‘His deathbed visitor violates the terms of Nolan's sentence and at last shares with Nolan the events of the previous fifty years.’
      • ‘‘Maybe if I don't make a deathbed confession I'll never die’ he may have thought.’
      • ‘Or is it, as whispered by the city's elite, a deathbed conversion?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Edward, naturally, takes advantage of all the deathbed attention to once again relate the story of his wildly exaggerated life.’
      • ‘Bogart seems to have rescinded his deathbed remorse about switching from scotch to Martinis.’
      • ‘His deathbed conversion and reception into the Roman Catholic Church is indisputable.’
      • ‘His deathbed wish was to be buried out of doors where the rain would fall on him.’
      • ‘Years later, a deathbed confession confirmed what many suspected.’
      • ‘‘There are a couple of points that have to be cleared up,’ he begins his deathbed ramble.’
      • ‘Worse, Reubens smears Vaseline on the lens and goes for the deathbed reconciliation scene.’
      • ‘Scully shook her head as her tears flowed freely at this 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.’
      • ‘Nothing more could add to his notoriety except a deathbed conversion, and the Scottish bishop and historian Gilbert Burnet was to provide it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And deathbed rituals and religious consolations softened even the sting of death.’
      • ‘They say they were led to the location after a woman's deathbed confession.’
      • ‘In sharp contrast to the medieval attitude towards death and its representation in daily life, the deathbed scene has all but been removed.’