Origin of whomsoever

1400–50; late Middle English, equivalent to whomso whomsoever (early Middle English swā hwām swā; see whom, so1) + ever ever


pronoun; possessive whose·so·ev·er; objective whom·so·ev·er.
  1. whoever; whatever person: Whosoever wants to apply should write to the bureau.

Origin of whosoever

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 of whomsoever

  • Let there be no trifling with disorder, by whomsoever begun.

  • 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.


    William Ware

British Dictionary definitions for whomsoever


  1. archaic, or formal the objective form of whosoeverto whomsoever it may concern


  1. an archaic or formal word for whoever
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