Godward

adverb
God·​ward | \ ˈgädwə(r)d \
variants: or Godwards \ -​)dz \

Definition of Godward

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : with reference to God you are the most temperate man Godward and the most intemperate yourselfward— Jonathan Swift
2 : toward God as if, being in the world, their tendency was Godward— Elizabeth B. Browning any heart, turned Godwards, feels more joy in one short hour of prayer— P. J. Bailey

Godward

adjective
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Definition of Godward (Entry 2 of 2)

: directed or tending toward God the student of theological questions is actually living either a Godward or a godless life— Walter Moberly

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First Known Use of Godward

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Godward

Adverb

Middle English godward, from god + -ward

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“Godward.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Godward. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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