[ thens ]
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  1. from that place: I went first to Paris and thence to Rome.

  2. from that time; thenceforth: He fell ill and thence was seldom seen.

  1. from that source: Thence came all our troubles.

  2. from that fact or reason; therefore: We were young, and thence optimistic.

Origin of thence

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English thennes, equivalent to thenne (earlier thenene, Old English thanon(e) “thence”) + -es adverb suffix; see -s1

usage note For thence

See whence.

Words that may be confused with thence

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How to use thence in a sentence

  • Passing through the twisted iron railing they reached the path, and thence made their way to the road, shining white in the night.

    Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood

British Dictionary definitions for thence


/ (ðɛns) /

  1. from that place

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

  1. therefore

Origin of thence

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

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