A later Middle English spelling, retaining the voiceless -s, of hennes, (henne + adverbial genitive ending -s), from Old English heonan (“away", "hence”), from a West Proto-Germanic *hin-. Cognate with Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan (German hinnen), Dutch heen, Swedish hän. Related to Old English her (“here”).
hence (not comparable)
- (archaic) from here, from this place, away
- I'm going hence, because you have insulted me.
- Get thee hence, Satan!
- (archaic, figuratively) from the living or from this world
- After a long battle, my poor daughter was taken hence.
- (archaic, of a length of time) in the future from now
- A year hence it will be forgotten.
- (conjunctive) as a result; therefore, for this reason
- I shall go to Japan and hence will not be here in time for the party.
- The purse is handmade and hence very expensive.
- 1910, Sun Tzu, Lionel Giles (translator), The Art of War, Section VI: Weak Points and Strong, 8:
- Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
- 1910, , Niccolò Machiavelli, Ninian Hill Thomson (translator), The Prince, Chapter VI:
- Hence it comes that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
- 1731 May 27, Benjamin Franklin, Apology for Printers, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette:
- That hence arises the peculiar Unhappiness of that Business, which other Callings are no way liable to;
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- (obsolete) Go away! Begone!
- "...Hence! and bestow your dead
- Where no wrong against him cries!"