πόθεν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • κόθεν

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷos ‎(which) +‎ -θεν ‎(-then, ablative adverb suffix). Compare its indefinite form ποθέν ‎(pothén).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Adverb[edit]

πόθεν ‎(póthen) (interrogative adverb)

  1. whence?, from where?
  2. whence?, from what source?
  3. wherefore?, why?, how?, for what reason?, how come?

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word can be used to introduce direct and indirect questions. ὁπόθεν ‎(hopóthen) can only introduce indirect questions.
  • Object generally takes the genitive case.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill