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whence

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adverb \ˈhwen(t)s, ˈwen(t)s\

Simple Definition of whence

  • : from where

Full Definition of whence

  1. :  from what place, source, or cause <then whence comes this paradox — Changing Times>

from whence
  1. :  from what place, source, or cause <no one could tell me from whence the gold had come — Graham Greene>

Examples of whence

  1. They returned to the land whence they came.



Origin of whence

Middle English whennes, from whenne whence (from Old English hwanon) + -s, adverb suffix, from -s, genitive singular ending; akin to Old High German hwanān whence, Old English hwā who


First Known Use: 13th century


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whence

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Definition of whence

  1. 1 :  from what place, source, or cause <inquired whence the water came — Maria Edgeworth>

  2. 2 a :  from or out of which place, source, or cause <the lawless society whence the ballads sprang — DeLancey Ferguson> b :  by reason of which fact :  wherefore <nothing broke— whence I infer that my bones are not yet chalky — O. W. Holmes †1935>



13th Century

First Known Use of whence

13th century

Rhymes with whence



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