- from that place: I went first to Paris and thence to Rome.
- from that time; thenceforth: He fell ill and thence was seldom seen.
- from that source: Thence came all our troubles.
- from that fact or reason; therefore: We were young, and thence optimistic.
Origin of thence
Examples from the Web for thence
That Franklin electrised him with his rod and thence forward these two conducted all the policy, negotiation, legislation and War.My Tea Party History
October 5, 2010
Thence they entered the inner Ceramicus, where Aspasia resided.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Thence they issued into that so lately occupied by the Frankses.Weighed and Wanting
Thence we have followed it to Mardan and across the frontier.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The Coromandel was bound to Cadiz, and thence round the Horn.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Shall get to Ostend, or Rotterdam, safe and snug; thence to Paris.Night and Morning, Complete
- from that place
- Also: thenceforth (ˈðɛnsˈfɔːθ) from that time or event; thereafter
Word Origin and History for thence
late 13c., from Old English þanone, þanon "from that place" + adverbial genitive -es. Old English þanone/þanon is from West Germanic *thanana (cf. Old Saxon thanana, Old Norse þana, Old Frisian thana, Old High German danana, German von dannen), related obscurely to the root of then, and ultimately from PIE demonstrative base *to- (see the). Written with -c- to indicate a voiceless "s" sound. From thence is redundant.