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heavenward

[hev-uh n-werd] /ˈhɛv ən wərd/
adverb
1.
Also, heavenwards. toward heaven.
adjective
2.
directed toward heaven:
heavenward prayer.
Origin of heavenward
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English hevenward. See heaven, -ward
Related forms
heavenwardly, adverb
heavenwardness, noun
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  • The eyes of the disciples are gazing upwards and heavenwards.

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
  • In my childish imagination I could see angels drawing me heavenwards.

  • Long had she resisted the hand that would have led her heavenwards by trial and sorrow.

    Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson
  • Camp meanwhile was broken up; tents and gear packed on ponies and mules, breakfast finished—we were off, heavenwards.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The poplar said that it grew up quite straight, heavenwards, that all its branches pointed the same way, and always had done so.

    Friends in Council Arthur Helps
  • She was gazing upwards,—heavenwards,—and her expression was one of rapt and almost devotional intensity.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • But still Paula's eyes were dry as she turned them heavenwards, and she overcame her love for her children by her love for God.

  • That same night one of the recruits whose bed had been sent "heavenwards" rushed to the Sergeant's room and complained.

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • Neither does the appearance of a redundant s in such words as towards, downwards, afterwards and heavenwards.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for heavenwards

heavenwards

/ˈhɛvənwədz/
adverb
1.
towards heaven or the sky

heavenward

/ˈhɛvənwəd/
adjective
1.
directed towards heaven or the sky
adverb
2.
a variant of heavenwards
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