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life +‎ -ward


lifeward (not comparable)

  1. Towards life.
    • 1874 December 1, The Unitarian Review and Religious Magazine[1], volume 2, page 443:
      As all the forces of sin press downward and deathward, so all the forces of virtue press upward and lifeward.
    • 1894, The Encyclopaedia of Death and Life in the Spirit-world[2], page 292:
      In this condition of the system, the internal forces of organs are so perfectly balanced, that a trifling incident may start them lifeward, or deathward.
    • 1919, F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise[3]:
      The Egotist Becomes a Personage "A fathom deep in sleep I lie With old desires, restrained before, To clamor lifeward with a cry, As dark flies out the greying door; And so in quest of creeds to share I seek assertive day again...


lifeward (not comparable)

  1. Leading towards life.
    • 1825, Thomas Sharp, A Dissertation on the Pageants Or Dramatic Mysteries Anciently Performed at Coventry, by the Trading Companies of that City, page 224:
      Such a flood in earth shall be, / That every life that hath lifeward, / Beast and body with bone and blood, / They shall be stormed through stress of storm
    • 1904, Thomas Troward, The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science[4]:
      Therefore in every case the test is whether our particular intention is in this same lifeward direction: and if it is, then we may be absolutely certain that there is no intention on the part of the Universal Mind to thwart the intention of our own individual mind; we are dealing with a purely impersonal force, and it will no more oppose us by specific plans of its own than will steam or electricity.
    • 2016, Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind:
      Your subconscious processes are always lifeward and constructive.