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[th ens] /ðɛns/
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
1250-1300; Middle English thennes, equivalent to thenne (earlier thenene, Old English thanon(e) thence) + -es -s1
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence)
Usage note
See whence. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for thence
Contemporary Examples
  • That Franklin electrised him with his rod and thence forward these two conducted all the policy, negotiation, legislation and War.

Historical Examples
  • 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 George MacDonald
  • 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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He was badly wounded at the siege of Mardik, and returned from thence to Paris.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • "Men do call me Jock o' Teviotdale, and thence am I come," said the stranger.

  • There were rich, and there were poor; thence arose the social question.

  • thence we hope for endless forms of beauty informed of truth.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for thence


from that place
Also thenceforth (ˈðɛnsˈfɔːθ). from that time or event; thereafter
Word Origin
C13 thannes, from thanne, from Old English thanon; related to Gothic thanana, Old Norse thanan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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