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whomsoever

[hoom-soh-ev-er] /ˌhum soʊˈɛv ər/
pronoun
1.
the objective case of whosoever:
Ask whomsoever you like. Inquire of whomsoever you meet.
Origin of whomsoever
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, equivalent to whomso whomsoever (early Middle English swā hwām swā; see whom, so1) + ever ever

whosoever

[hoo-soh-ev-er] /ˌhu soʊˈɛv ər/
pronoun;, possessive whosesoever; objective whomsoever.
1.
whoever; whatever person:
Whosoever wants to apply should write to the bureau.
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at whoso, ever
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Examples from the Web for whomsoever
Historical Examples
  • Let there be no trifling with disorder, by whomsoever begun.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • And there are many Greeks in turn for thee to slay, whomsoever thou canst.

  • These Richard at once proceeded to sell to whomsoever would give the most for them.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Woe then to whomsoever had transgressed any of the commandments!

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • Then and there will I hear what this faith is, from him, or from whomsoever they shall appoint.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • By means of the telephone I could talk with whomsoever I pleased and get the news.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • He left that to whomsoever it might chance to fall—a mangled corpse!

    The Book-Collector William Carew Hazlitt
  • And to whomsoever the child gave the apple, that man should marry the king's daughter.

    The Lilac Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • Mrs. Jasher might have let the man in, whomsoever he was, secretly.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • No; whomsoever it was who had repented at the eleventh hour, Mrs. Jasher was not the person.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for whomsoever

whomsoever

/ˌhuːmsəʊˈɛvə/
pronoun
1.
(archaic or formal) the objective form of whosoever: to whomsoever it may concern

whosoever

/ˌhuːsəʊˈɛvə/
pronoun
1.
an archaic or formal word for whoever
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