[hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair-]
for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.
the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
Origin of wherefore
Middle EnglishCan be confusedwhere wherefore
word dating back to 1150–1200;
see origin at where
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Examples from the Web for wherefore
Historical Examples of wherefore
Wherefore we must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
If thou art not, wherefore are the outcasts of the world so dear to thee?
Wherefore this caution against me, but (pardon me) for thine own undoing?
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
Wherefore I returned them my humble thanks and offered my humble service.
British Dictionary definitions for wherefore
(usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
archaic for what reason? why?
archaic, or formal for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles
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Word Origin and History for wherefore
c.1200, hwarfore, from where + for. Cf. Dutch waarvoor, Old Norse hvar fyrir, Swedish varfor.
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Idioms and Phrases with wherefore
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