Hence vs Or - What's the difference?

hence | or |

As an adverb hence

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

As a verb hence

is (obsolete) to send away.

As a noun or is





  • (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 .


    * consequently

    Derived terms

    * henceforth * henceforward


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



    (wikipedia or)

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) .


    (English Conjunctions)
  • Connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, each of which could make a passage true. In English, this is the "inclusive or." The "exclusive or" is formed by "eitheror".
  • *
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  • Logical union of two sets of values. There are two forms, an exclusive or and an inclusive or.
  • Counts the elements before and after as two possibilities.
  • Otherwise; a consequence of the condition that the previous is false
  • *
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  • Connects two equivalent names.
  • Synonyms
    See also
    * neither * nor

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


  • (tincture) The gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
  • 1909', The metals are gold and silver, these being termed "'''or " and "argent". — Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, ''A Complete Guide to Heraldry
    1889', In engraving, "'''Or " is expressed by dots. — Charles Norton Elvin, ''A Dictionary of Heraldry
    * (gold or yellow tincture) , Or


  • (tincture) Of gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
  • Synonyms
    * gold

    Etymology 3

    Late (etyl) ). Compare (ere).


  • (obsolete) Early (on).
  • (obsolete) Earlier, previously.
  • Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • Before; ere.
  • *, Book VII:
  • *:"Sey ye never so," seyde Sir Bors, "for many tymys or this she hath bene wroth with you, and aftir that she was the firste that repented hit."
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