wherewith

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From where +‎ with.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wherewith ‎(not comparable)

  1. (archaic) With which; with what.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV): Matthew 5:13:
      Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
    • 1611, Bible (KJV): Zechariah 14:12:
      And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem.
    • 1885, Christina G[eorgina] Rossetti, “Love Came Down at Christmas [originally untitled]”, in Time Flies: A Reading Diary, London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, OCLC 2226947:
      [] Worship we the Godhead, / Love Incarnate, Love Divine, / Worship we our Jesus, / But wherewith for sacred sign? // Love shall be our token, / Love be yours and love be mine, / Love to God and all men, / Love for plea and gift and sign.

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Noun[edit]

wherewith ‎(usually uncountable, plural wherewiths)

  1. (archaic) Something with which; the means by which.

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