Definition of deathbed in US English:

deathbed

noun

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

    • ‘Although she knows her fate, even on her deathbed she insists, like Goriot, on closing her eyes to maintain her illusions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually rendered as Good Samaritans, doctors in paintings typically hover near sickbeds or deathbeds, dispensing solace and advice.’
    • ‘Nicole lay on her deathbed, surround by only her family and the closest friends.’
    • ‘There are moments of pure heartbreak in the film, no less so than when Bob is lying on his deathbed awaiting his final breaths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And on her deathbed, word that he had phoned to wish her well brought the simple response: ‘Magic’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 was busy imagining the eccentric old rock polisher who donated these wonderful little irregular cubes of wonder to the store while on his 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 just hoped that Myra might say something from her deathbed,’ she said.’
    • ‘And why was his mother, on her deathbed, so worried about integrity?’
    • ‘And clearly, the mainstream of the Democratic party have no interest in legislating what people do in their bedrooms, pews and deathbeds.’
    • ‘India's Satyajit Ray, undoubtedly a master of the medium, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Oscar on his deathbed.’
    • ‘On his deathbed, Yaakov gives a final message to each of his sons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some funeral agencies even recruit doctors to act as middlemen, to strongly recommend the agency to the relatives around on the 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.
      as modifier ‘a deathbed confession’
      ‘she visited him on his deathbed’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Or is it, as whispered by the city's elite, a deathbed conversion?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His deathbed visitor violates the terms of Nolan's sentence and at last shares with Nolan the events of the previous fifty years.’
      • ‘Edward, naturally, takes advantage of all the deathbed attention to once again relate the story of his wildly exaggerated life.’
      • ‘His deathbed conversion and reception into the Roman Catholic Church is indisputable.’
      • ‘Years later, a deathbed confession confirmed what many suspected.’
      • ‘In sharp contrast to the medieval attitude towards death and its representation in daily life, the deathbed scene has all but been removed.’
      • ‘Worse, Reubens smears Vaseline on the lens and goes for the deathbed reconciliation scene.’
      • ‘His deathbed wish was to be buried out of doors where the rain would fall on him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Alison, whose mother had made a deathbed promise to his wife to take care of him, became his great friend.’
      • ‘‘There are a couple of points that have to be cleared up,’ he begins his deathbed ramble.’
      • ‘Scully shook her head as her tears flowed freely at this deathbed confession.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Maybe if I don't make a deathbed confession I'll never die’ he may have thought.’
      • ‘Bogart seems to have rescinded his deathbed remorse about switching from scotch to Martinis.’
      • ‘They say they were led to the location after a woman's deathbed confession.’
      • ‘And deathbed rituals and religious consolations softened even the sting of death.’

Pronunciation

deathbed

/ˈdɛθbɛd//ˈdeTHbed/