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 (wâr′fôr′, hwâr′-)
1. For what purpose or reason; why.
2. Therefore.
A purpose or cause: wanted to know all the whys and wherefores.




(usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
archaic for what reason? why?
sentence connector
(Law) archaic or formal for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles


(ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər-)

1. for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.
2. Archaic. for what? why?
3. the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wherefore - the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
reason, ground - a rational motive for a belief or action; "the reason that war was declared"; "the grounds for their declaration"


1. That which provides a reason or justification:
call, cause, ground (often used in plural), justification, necessity, occasion, reason, why.
Idiom: why and wherefore.
2. A fact or circumstance that gives logical support to an assertion, claim, or proposal:
argument, ground (often used in plural), proof, reason, why.
Idiom: why and wherefore.


(archaic) [ˈwɛəfɔːʳ] (also liter)
A. ADV (= why) → por qué; (= and for this reason) → y por tanto, por lo cual
B. N = why C


adv (obs)warum, weswegen
conj (obs)weswegen
n ? why N
References in classic literature ?
Wherefore have we come hither to set up our own tombstones in a wilderness?
Dear Madam [I wrote], It has come to my knowledge that when you walk in the Gardens with the boy David you listen avidly for encomiums of him and of your fanciful dressing of him by passers-by, storing them in your heart the while you make vain pretence to regard them not: wherefore lest you be swollen by these very small things I, who now know David both by day and by night, am minded to compare him and Porthos the one with the other, both in this matter and in other matters of graver account.
Wherefore he was held in high reverence, and when the two other gentlemen were hanged for lying the Theosophists elected him to the leadership of their Disastral Body, and after a quiet life and an honourable death by the kick of a jackass he was reincarnated as a Yellow Dog.
Wherefore, sweet gentleman, I pray you hand over your purse without more ado, that I may judge of its weight in proper fashion.
To tell you the truth, I had supposed that YOU were jesting in your letter; wherefore, my heart was feeling heavy at the thought that you could feel so displeased with me.
The end of life was reserved for the Dog, wherefore the old man is often snappish, irritable, hard to please, and selfish, tolerant only of his own household, but averse to strangers and to all who do not administer to his comfort or to his necessities.
Wherefore he fled from what he deemed his father's house and in his flight he encountered and unwillingly slew his father Laius.
with all his lore, Wherefore he sang, or whence the mandate sped.
Sir, lo here is the sword of the stone, wherefore I must be king of this land.
Wherefore we remain here and wonder when the young men will return with meat.
It told of how the black folk grew, and of how the white folk should eat them up, and wherefore they were and wherefore they should cease to be.
Wherefore, upon such as come hereabouts, I levy a certain toll, which I use for a better purpose, I hope, than to make candlesticks withal.