Thou vs Hence - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between thou and hence

is that thou is to address (a person) using the pronoun thou, especially as an expression of familiarity or contempt while hence is (obsolete) to send away.

As a pronoun thou

is .

As a noun thou

is a unit of length equal to one-thousandth of an inch or thou can be (slang) a thousand, especially a thousand dollars, a thousand pounds sterling, etc.

As an adverb hence is

(archaic) from here, from this place, away.

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thou

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) thou, thow, thu, ).

Alternative forms

* (l), (l), (l), (l)

Pronoun

(wikipedia thou)
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  • Usage notes
    * , as in, for example, “Lovest thou me?” Irregular forms include: (art) (of be), (hast) (of have), shalt (of shall), wost (of (wit)), wilt (of (will)), and (m) (of (m)).
    Derived terms
    * th'art * thou'lt * thou'rt * thou'st

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To address (a person) using the pronoun thou, especially as an expression of familiarity or contempt.
  • * 1888 , Rudyard Kipling, ‘On the City Wall’, In Black and White , Folio Society 2005, p. 443:
  • "One service more, Sahib , since thou hast come so opportunely," said Lalun. "Wilt thou" – it is very nice to be thou-ed by Lalun – "take this old man across the City [...] to the Kumharsen Gate?"
    I thou thee, thou traitor! (Edward Coke to Walter Raleigh)
    Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee!'' (The morality play ''Hickscorner , ca. 1530)
    If thou thou'st him some thrice, it shall not be amiss''[...] (''Twelfth Night'' 3.2, Sir Toby Belch to Sir Andrew, egging him on to pick a fight with another, where one would expect one knight courteously to say to another, "If ''you thou him...").
    Don't thou''' them as '''thous thee! (Yorkshire English admonition to overly familiar children)
  • To use the word thou.
  • Antonyms

    *

    Etymology 2

    Shortened from thousandth.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A unit of length equal to one-thousandth of an inch.
  • Synonyms
    * mil (US)

    Etymology 3

    Shortened from thousand.

    Noun

    (thou)
  • (slang) A thousand, especially a thousand dollars, a thousand pounds sterling, etc.
  • hence

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (archaic) from here, from this place, away
  • I'm going hence , because you have insulted me.
    Get thee hence , Satan!
  • * c.1599-1601 , , Act 4, Scene 1,
  • O Gertrude, come away! / The sun no sooner shall the mountains touch, / But we will ship him hence :
  • * 1849 , ,
  • Ye men of Galilee! / Why stand ye looking up to heaven, where Him ye ne’er may see, / Neither ascending hence , nor returning hither again?
  • (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 , , 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 , [1513], , Chapter VI,
  • Hence it comes that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
  • * 1731 May 27, ,
  • That hence arises the peculiar Unhappiness of that Business, which other Callings are no way liable to;
  • (temporal location) from this time, from now
  • ''The plane will leave two months hence .

    Synonyms

    * consequently

    Derived terms

    * henceforth * henceforward

    Verb

    (henc)
  • (obsolete) To send away.
  • (Sir Philip Sidney)
    English conjunctive adverbs English location adverbs English temporal location adverbs