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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
First recorded in 1200-50, heavenward is from the Middle English word hevenward. See heaven, -ward
Related forms
heavenwardly, adverb
heavenwardness, noun
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  • Your sudden disappearance is supposed to have been heavenward.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • His dying eyes had rested on the pages of Horace—his dying thoughts, were they heavenward?

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • But you will not, I should think, imagine this to have been done in heavenward aspiration.

  • There was a suspicion of a heavenward turn to her nose, and of squareness to her chin.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • And Mademoiselle Guynot opened wide her arms and lifted them heavenward.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • The hurling of the bomb overboard had shot the Cibola heavenward like a bird.

    The Air Ship Boys H.L. Sayler
  • Who could say how unutterably slow would be their united march heavenward!

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • At the very zenith of his heavenward flight Potts was brought low.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Meanwhile he was a little disturbed by his own appearance as a heavenward pilgrim.

    The Helpmate

    May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for heavenward

heavenward

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