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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 confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)

Usage note

See whence. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thence

Contemporary Examples of thence

  • That Franklin electrised him with his rod and thence forward these two conducted all the policy, negotiation, legislation and War.

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    October 5, 2010

Historical Examples of thence

  • Thence they entered the inner Ceramicus, where Aspasia resided.


    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 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

British Dictionary definitions for thence



from that place
Also: thenceforth (ˈðɛnsˈfɔːθ) from that time or event; thereafter

Word Origin for thence

C13 thannes, from thanne, from Old English thanon; related to Gothic thanana, Old Norse thanan
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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.

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