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whence

 (wĕns, hwĕns)
adv.
1. From where; from what place: Whence came this traveler?
2. From what origin or source: Whence comes this splendid feast?
conj.
1. Out of which place; from or out of which.
2. By reason of which; from which: The dog was coal black from nose to tail, whence the name Shadow.

[Middle English whennes : whenne, whence (from Old English hwanon; see kwo- in Indo-European roots) + -es, genitive sing. suff.; see -s3.]
Usage Note: The construction from whence has been criticized as redundant since the 1700s. It is true that whence incorporates the sense of from: a remote village, whence little news reached the wider world. But from whence has been used steadily by reputable writers since the 1300s, among them Shakespeare, John Milton, Jane Austen, and the translators of the King James Bible: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Psalms). Such a respectable precedent makes it difficult to label the construction, which is fairly rare and very formal in any case, as incorrect.
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whence

(wɛns)
adv
from what place, cause, or origin?
pron
(subordinating) from what place, cause, or origin
[C13 whannes, adverbial genitive of Old English hwanon; related to Old Frisian hwana, Old High German hwanan]
Usage: The expression from whence should be avoided, since whence already means from which place: the tradition whence (not from whence) such ideas flowed
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whence

(ʰwɛns, wɛns)
adv.
1. from what place?: Whence comest thou?
2. from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom?
conj.
3. from what place, source, cause, etc.: He told whence he came.
[1250–1300; Middle English whennes, whannes=whanne (by syncope from Old English hwanone whence) + -s -s1]
usage: Although sometimes criticized as redundant on the grounds that “from” is included in the meaning of whence, the idiom from whence is old in the language, well established, and standard: She finally settled in Paris, from whence she bombarded us with letters and postcards. Among its users are the King James Bible, Shakespeare, Dryden, and Dickens. The parallel construction from thence occurs infrequently. Both are easy to avoid if desired.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.whence - from what place, source, or cause
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Translations
من أيْن؟
hvorfra
d’où
honnan?
hvaîan
ne yüzdennereden

whence

[wens] ADV
1. (poet) (= from where) → de donde; (interrog) → ¿de dónde?
2. (frm) (= from which) → por lo cual; (= therefore) → y por consiguiente
whence I conclude thatpor lo cual concluyo que ...
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whence

hwɛns] (literary)
pron
from whence → d'où
conj (= from where) → d'où
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whence

adv
(old, form)woher, von wannen (old, liter)
(form) whence I conclude …woraus ich schließe, …
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whence

[wɛns] adv (liter) (from where) → da dove
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when

(wen) adverb
at what time(?). When did you arrive?; When will you see her again?; I asked him when the incident had occurred; Tell me when to jump.
(wən, wen) conjunction
1. (at or during) the time at which. It happened when I was abroad; When you see her, give her this message; When I've finished, I'll telephone you.
2. in spite of the fact that; considering that. Why do you walk when you have a car?
whence (wens) adverb
from what place or circumstance (?); from where (?).
whenˈever adverb, conjunction
1. at any time that. Come and see me whenever you want to.
2. at every time that. I go to the theatre whenever I get the chance.
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References in classic literature ?
From whence it is evident, that the founders of laws should attend both to the number and the different sorts of government; for it is impossible that the same laws should be calculated for all sorts of oligarchies and all sorts of democracies, for of both these governments there are many species, not one only.
How oft amidst Thick clouds and dark doth Heav'ns all-ruling Sire Choose to reside, his Glory unobscur'd, And with the Majesty of darkness round Covers his Throne; from whence deep thunders roar Must'ring thir rage, and Heav'n resembles Hell?
I upon my Frontieres here Keep residence; if all I can will serve, That little which is left so to defend Encroacht on still through our intestine broiles Weakning the Scepter of old Night: first Hell Your dungeon stretching far and wide beneath; Now lately Heaven and Earth, another World Hung ore my Realm, link'd in a golden Chain To that side Heav'n from whence your Legions fell: If that way be your walk, you have not farr; So much the neerer danger; goe and speed; Havock and spoil and ruin are my gain.
Why I came, I do not know at all; neither do I know from whence I came.
"I cannot tell you from whence you came," he said; "but this I can tell you--if we do not get out of this horrible place we shall both be slain upon this bloody altar.
Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends, from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire, and if I had not escaped by sheer force, my death would have been certain,--I should have been burnt to ashes.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin, but if the old woman had got me into the pan, I should have been made into broth without any mercy, like my comrades.'
NIGHTLY on the news The families are informed The fatalities are identified Bringing the ferocity of war in Afghanistan Home To make our very hearts bleed And our souls despair When a suicide bomber strikes And terminates the life Of a soldier or soldiers And innocent bystanders It has a knock-on effect He leaves a crater of devastation Deep inside family and friends Waiting back home apprehensively To witness their loved ones Emerge from the rear Of the winged Chariot of Mercy "The Hercules" Speeding them back to English soil "Earth to Earth!" Draped in the flag of democracy They are ushered on their journey On shoulders of comrades To the communities from whence they came Civilisation, as we know it?
From Whence Came I From whence I came, I really know not, Into this body of earth which I have got, It works quite well in all I see and do, Even knowing a little about you, In different ways, in reality, we think, At times, in thought making a link, Knowing our own in ways to live, Love to another being able to give, Many a day on the earth may pass, We of its people doing many a great task, Having good and ill with which to play, Either to use, it is us with the say, Yet we all know we are born to die, Many times asking the reason why, So why the trouble to be born at all, When only for a short time making the call, But of course, our soul is our own, Until it, as they say, going back home, But where home is, cannot really say, But knowing somehow l'll be back there one day.
Go back to Homer's verse Go back from whence you came This is
Up and up to glory Or down from whence they came Why doeth some defenders Not runneth fast and slicker?
I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.