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From Middle English þennes, from þenne +‎ -es (adverbial ending), the former from þanan, þanona, from Proto-West Germanic *þananā. Cognate with Westphalian Low German diëne.


  • IPA(key): /ðɛns/
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    Rhymes: -ɛns



thence (not comparable)

  1. (formal) From there, from that place or from that time.
    I came thence.
    Cross fix at 6000 feet, thence descend to 3000 feet and fly direct to MAP (missed approach point).
    • 1535 October 14 (Gregorian calendar), Myles Coverdale, transl., Biblia: The Byble, [] (Coverdale Bible), [Cologne or Marburg: Eucharius Cervicornus and J. Soter?], →OCLC, Judges j:[3], folio xiij, recto, column 2:
      And from thence he went agaynſt yͤ inhabiters of Debir (but Debir was called Kiriath Sepher afoꝛetyme.)
    • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii], page 2:
      Miranda: O the heauens, / What fowle play had we, that we came from thence? / Or bleſſed was't we did?
      Prospero: Both, both my Girle. / By fowle-play (as thou ſayſt) were we heau'd thence, / But bleſſedly holpe hither.
    • 2005, Alpha Chiang and Kevin Wainwright, Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics (4th ed.), McGraw-Hill International, p. 605
      From this we can find the characteristic roots and and thence proceed to the remaining steps of the solution process.
  2. (literary) Deriving from this fact or circumstance; therefore, therefrom.
  3. (archaic) From that time; thenceforth; thereafter



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